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  • ‘No Diplomatic Solution’ to Ukraine War: Nobel Winner

    ‘No Diplomatic Solution’ to Ukraine War: Nobel Winner

    There is currently no diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine, a co-founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian rights organization Memorial said Sunday. “I am absolutely convinced that there is not a diplomatic solution with Putin’s regime, so long as it is still there,” said Irina Scherbakova. “The solution that there will now be…

  • Russian Emigres in Armenia Fuel Flourishing Food, Creative Scenes

    Russian Emigres in Armenia Fuel Flourishing Food, Creative Scenes

    YEREVAN, Armenia — Nearly every hand in the packed auditorium went up when the moderator asked who had arrived in this South Caucasus nation after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “And who was living here before then?” Three hands rose from the crowd. At ArtDocFest Yerevan, the longstanding Russian documentary film festival that launched in the…

  • Russia Denounces Oil Price Cap Agreed by EU, G7

    Russia Denounces Oil Price Cap Agreed by EU, G7

    Russia on Saturday denounced a $60 price cap on its oil agreed by the EU, G7 and Australia, even as Ukraine suggested it was not tough enough and might have to be revisited. “We will not accept this price cap,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told domestic news agencies, adding that Russia, the world’s second-largest crude exporter, was…

  • The History and Mystery of Beef Stroganoff

    The History and Mystery of Beef Stroganoff

    Everyone knows the dish called “Beef Stroganoff.” But its history is less well known, although no one disputes that the dish belongs to the Stroganov family. But it didn’t appear out of nowhere, did it? Nothing ever does, not in the kitchen or in history. Why is this dish so popular? First, it’s relatively easy…

  • Pop-Up Museum Marks ‘End of an Era’ As Anti-LGBT Law Awaits Putin’s Signature

    Pop-Up Museum Marks ‘End of an Era’ As Anti-LGBT Law Awaits Putin’s Signature

    ST. PETERSBURG — A museum about LGBT history opened to visitors in Russia’s second-largest city this week — but it looked set to be accessible for only a few days before it is banned under draconian “gay propaganda” laws expected to come into force imminently.  “The museum is a political act,” said Russian LGBT activist…

  • Angry? Welcome to the Zoo!

    Angry? Welcome to the Zoo!

    Бешенство: rabies, fury The Russian language has lots of ways to describe getting angry, losing your temper, and flying off the handle. Сердиться/рассердиться (to get angry) is just so bland. It can’t capture the rage you feel when, say, you spend two hours filling in an online application, hit “save” and watch your work disappear…

  • Ukraine Says ‘Animal Eyes’ Sent to its Embassies

    Ukraine Says ‘Animal Eyes’ Sent to its Embassies

    A number of Ukrainian diplomatic missions in the European Union have received packages containing animal eyes in what Kyiv described Friday as a “well-planned campaign of terror.” The Ukrainian foreign ministry announcement came after a security guard at the embassy in Madrid was lightly injured Wednesday opening a letter bomb addressed to the ambassador through…

  • Latvia Fines Russia’s Liberal Dozhd TV Over Ukraine Coverage

    Latvia Fines Russia’s Liberal Dozhd TV Over Ukraine Coverage

    Latvia has fined independent Russian television channel Dozhd 10,000 euros ($10,500) over its coverage of the war in Ukraine, the Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) said Friday. The channel was penalized for displaying a map marking the annexed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia and for referring to the Russian Armed Forces as…

  • TikTok Videos Glorifying Wagner Mercenary Group Viewed By Millions – Watchdog

    TikTok Videos Glorifying Wagner Mercenary Group Viewed By Millions – Watchdog

    TikTok kept up hundreds of videos that promote and glorify violent acts allegedly committed by Russian mercenary group Wagner despite their direct violation of the platform’s policies, according to a new investigation by independent misinformation watchdog NewsGuard. NewsGuard’s analysts identified as many as 160 clips explicitly depicting or glorifying violent Wagner-linked activities on the video-sharing…

  • Putin Says Strikes on Ukraine Infrastructure ‘Inevitable’

    Putin Says Strikes on Ukraine Infrastructure ‘Inevitable’

    President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia’s strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure were “inevitable” as the Kremlin rejected U.S. President Joe Biden’s terms for talks and warned the assault would continue.  After suffering humiliating military defeats during what has become the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II, Russia began targeting Ukrainian energy…

  • Russian Army Says Successfully Tested New Missile Defense System

    Russian Army Says Successfully Tested New Missile Defense System

    Russia has successfully test-launched a new missile defense system at its Sary Shagan firing range in neighboring Kazakhstan, the country’s Defense Ministry announced Friday.  “The anti-missile defense system is in service with the Aerospace Forces and is designed to protect against air and space attacks,” the ministry said in a statement, without naming the system…

  • Edward Snowden Receives Russian Passport – Lawyer

    Edward Snowden Receives Russian Passport – Lawyer

    American whistleblower Edward Snowden has received a Russian passport, the state-run TASS news agency reported Friday, citing Snowden’s lawyer. Snowden, who in 2013 exposed mass surveillance by his former employer the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), has lived in Russia since that year to avoid prosecution by U.S. authorities. President Vladimir Putin granted him citizenship…

  • Kremlin Turns Down Biden’s Conditions for Putin Talks

    Kremlin Turns Down Biden’s Conditions for Putin Talks

    The Kremlin on Friday rejected U.S. President Joe Biden’s conditions that Russian troops fully withdraw from Ukraine before he speak with President Vladimir Putin. In the strongest suggestion so far that he would be prepared to sit down with Putin, Biden said late Thursday he would be willing to speak to the Russian leader for…

  • What Do We Know About the Spanish Letter Bombs?

    What Do We Know About the Spanish Letter Bombs?

    Six letter bombs have been sent to high-profile government, military and diplomatic targets in Spain in the past week, prompting authorities to step up security and re-commit support for Ukraine in its nine-month war against invading Russian forces. Here’s what we know so far: Who received the letter bombs? Starting Nov. 24, police intercepted an…

  • Ukraine to Limit Moscow-Linked Religious Groups: Zelensky

    Ukraine to Limit Moscow-Linked Religious Groups: Zelensky

    Ukraine will move to impose limitations on religious organizations in the country which have links to Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address on Thursday. “The National Security and Defense Council has instructed the government to propose to [parliament] a bill on proscribing activities in Ukraine by religious organizations affiliated with centers of…

  • Italy Puts Lukoil-run Refinery Into State Supervision: Source

    Italy Puts Lukoil-run Refinery Into State Supervision: Source

    Italy has placed a refinery run by Russian oil giant Lukoil under provisional state supervision to avoid its closure and guarantee energy supplies, a government source told AFP on Thursday. The ISAB refinery is one of the biggest in Europe and was in danger of having to cease production because of the European Union embargo…

  • Russian Manufacturing Activity Hits 6-Year High

    Russian Manufacturing Activity Hits 6-Year High

    Russian manufacturing firms recorded their fastest rate of growth last month in almost six years due to new export orders and increased demand from domestic customers, according to a business survey published Thursday by S&P Global. Despite Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, “firms expanded their input buying at the fastest…

  • Russian Ex-Billionaire, Politician Brother Handed Lengthy Prison Terms for Fraud

    Russian Ex-Billionaire, Politician Brother Handed Lengthy Prison Terms for Fraud

    A Moscow court has sentenced ex-billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov to 19 years in a maximum-security prison on charges of embezzling state funds and organizing a criminal group, Interfax reported Thursday.  Ziyavudin Magamedov, 54, built his fortune during Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency as the founder and main owner of Summa, a Russian holding that unites companies in a…

  • Ukraine Blasts Moscow-Appointed Nuclear Plant Boss

    Ukraine Blasts Moscow-Appointed Nuclear Plant Boss

    Ukraine on Thursday formally sacked and branded a traitor the Ukrainian engineer appointed by Moscow to head Europe’s largest nuclear facility, the Zaporizhzhia plant, which is under Russian occupation. Yuri Chernichuk, the facility’s chief engineer, said on Wednesday that he had agreed to take the post because it was “in my opinion the only correct…

  • Allies Say Jailed Belarus Opposition Leader ‘Getting Better’

    Allies Say Jailed Belarus Opposition Leader ‘Getting Better’

    Jailed Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova, who led historic anti-government demonstrations in the ex-Soviet country and was recently hospitalized, is “getting better,” her allies said Thursday. The 40-year-old was part of a trio of women — along with Veronika Tsepkalo and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya — who mobilized large crowds against strongman Alexander Lukashenko in 2020.  She…

  • Aeroflot Halts In-Flight Media Streaming Due to Western Sanctions

    Aeroflot Halts In-Flight Media Streaming Due to Western Sanctions

    Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot said Thursday that it is no longer offering in-flight film, television and music streaming to passengers due to Western sanctions imposed over the Kremlin’s military incursion in Ukraine. In a statement on its official Telegram channel, Aeroflot said foreign companies had stopped providing streaming services to the airline.  Aeroflot said the…

  • Aeroflot Halts In-Flight Media Streaming After Foreign Suppliers’ Withdrawal

    Aeroflot Halts In-Flight Media Streaming After Foreign Suppliers’ Withdrawal

    Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot said Thursday that it is no longer offering in-flight film, television and music streaming to passengers following Western sanctions and business withdrawals over the Kremlin’s military incursion in Ukraine. In a statement on its official Telegram channel, Aeroflot said foreign companies had stopped providing streaming services to the airline.  Aeroflot said…

  • Swiss Freeze Nearly $8Bln in Russian Assets

    Swiss Freeze Nearly $8Bln in Russian Assets

    Switzerland said Thursday that it has to date frozen a total of 7.5 billion Swiss francs ($7.9 billion) in Russian assets, in connection with the sanctions imposed over Moscow’s war in Ukraine. The amount, which has been fluctuating for months, is nearly 1 billion francs more than the figure provided by the State Secretariat for…

  • Tribunals to Prosecute Russia for Ukraine War Would Lack ‘Legitimacy,’ Kremlin Says

    Tribunals to Prosecute Russia for Ukraine War Would Lack ‘Legitimacy,’ Kremlin Says

    Any tribunal established to prosecute alleged Russian war crimes during its invasion of Ukraine would lack “legitimacy” and would not be recognized by Moscow, the Kremlin said Thursday. “As for attempts to establish some kind of tribunals, they will not have any legitimacy, will not be accepted by us and will be condemned by us,”…

  • Moscow Says Berlin Tried to ‘Demonize Russia’ with Famine Ruling

    Moscow Says Berlin Tried to ‘Demonize Russia’ with Famine Ruling

    Moscow said Thursday that a decision by German lawmakers to recognize the 1930s starvation of millions in Ukraine as “genocide” was an attempt to “demonize Russia.” The 1932-33 Holodomor — Ukrainian for “death by starvation” — is regarded by Kyiv as a deliberate act of genocide by Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s regime, and it has long…

  • Pope’s Remarks on Russian Ethnic Minorities ‘Un-Christian’ – Lavrov

    Pope’s Remarks on Russian Ethnic Minorities ‘Un-Christian’ – Lavrov

    Moscow on Thursday described as “un-Christian” recent comments by Pope Francis that Russian ethnic minorities were among the “cruelest” actors in Moscow’s military ranks in Ukraine. “Pope Francis calls for talks but also recently made an incomprehensible statement, completely un-Christian, singling out two Russian nationalities into some category from which atrocities can be expected during…

  • Russia Bans Public Discussions of Army Strategy, Troop Morale, Mobilization

    Russia Bans Public Discussions of Army Strategy, Troop Morale, Mobilization

    Russian authorities have banned public discussions of a wide range of non-classified military subjects that activists say will effectively prevent the public from learning crucial information about the Armed Forces. The 60-point Federal Security Service (FSB) order, which enters into force Dec. 1, lists information that is not classified as a state secret, but which…

  • Russia Jails Ukrainian Singer 3 Years for Anti-War Post

    Russia Jails Ukrainian Singer 3 Years for Anti-War Post

    A court outside Moscow has jailed a Ukrainian singer over an Instagram post that “incited hatred” toward the Russian military at the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, media reported Wednesday.  Investigators said Igor Levchenko posted a video on Feb. 24 containing “signs of incitement to hatred and enmity against Russian servicemen with the threat…

  • EU Eyes Special Court to Try Russia for Ukraine War

    EU Eyes Special Court to Try Russia for Ukraine War

    European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday floated the idea of a “specialized court” to put Russia’s top officials on trial over the war in Ukraine. On the ground, Russia said it had captured a few settlements in eastern Ukraine, eager for a win after a series of setbacks since invading its pro-Western…

  • Explainer: Why Did the Kremlin Organize a Staged Meeting with Soldiers’ Mothers for Putin?

    Explainer: Why Did the Kremlin Organize a Staged Meeting with Soldiers’ Mothers for Putin?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin last week met with the mothers of Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine in an event that was timed to coincide with Mother’s Day in Russia.  Before the gathering even came to an end, journalists had managed to identify most participants as women with close ties to the government and the ruling…

  • EU Proposes Special Court to Try Russia for Invasion of Ukraine

    EU Proposes Special Court to Try Russia for Invasion of Ukraine

    European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday floated the idea of a “specialized court” to put Russia’s top officials on trial over the war in Ukraine. “While continuing to support the International Criminal Court, we are proposing to set up a specialized court backed by the United Nations to investigate and prosecute Russia’s…

  • Russian Defense Chief Calls for ‘Next-Gen’ Weapons Use in Ukraine

    Russian Defense Chief Calls for ‘Next-Gen’ Weapons Use in Ukraine

    The Russian military should deploy next-generation weapons in its campaign in Ukraine, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday. “We need to continue upgrading and creating advanced systems with their subsequent application in the special military operation,” Shoigu said at a ministerial board meeting. Shoigu did not specify which types of innovative weapons systems he was…

  • South Korea Scrambles Jets After Chinese, Russian Warplanes Approach

    South Korea Scrambles Jets After Chinese, Russian Warplanes Approach

    South Korea’s military said it scrambled fighter jets Wednesday as six Russian and two Chinese warplanes entered its air defense zone without notice. Japan’s military also said it had scrambled jets in response to flights over the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, by Russian and Chinese aircraft. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of…

  • Chechen Leader Says Pope ‘Fell Victim to Propaganda’

    Chechen Leader Says Pope ‘Fell Victim to Propaganda’

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Wednesday said Pope Francis “fell victim to propaganda” after the pontiff singled out the alleged role of Russian ethnic minorities in the Ukraine offensive. Kadyrov, who rules the Muslim-majority Chechnya in Russia with widespread violation of human rights, has been one of Moscow’s most vocal supporters in the campaign. “The…

  • Jailed Belarus Opposition Leader Kolesnikova Hospitalized in Intensive Care, Allies Say

    Jailed Belarus Opposition Leader Kolesnikova Hospitalized in Intensive Care, Allies Say

    Jailed Belarusian opposition activist Maria Kolesnikova, who helped lead historic pro-democracy protests in her country in 2020, is in intensive care in the hospital, her allies said Tuesday. Kolesnikova was sentenced to 11 years in prison in August 2021 for “conspiracy” over her role in the mass protests that erupted before and after Belarusian President…

  • Russian Post Launches Delivery of Departed European Fashion Brands

    Russian Post Launches Delivery of Departed European Fashion Brands

    Russia’s postal service has launched deliveries of European fashion brands like Zara and H&M that have exited or reduced their presence in Russia this year over the war in Ukraine, the state-run TASS news agency reported Tuesday. Shipping companies in Russia have been exploring workarounds after hundreds of Western companies withdrew from the Russian market in…

  • Russian Oil Tanks Ignite Near Belarusian, Ukrainian Borders

    Russian Oil Tanks Ignite Near Belarusian, Ukrainian Borders

    Oil tanks near Russia’s border with Belarus and Ukraine caught fire early Wednesday, local authorities said Wednesday. The oil tank fires come a day after Russian regions bordering Ukraine reported one of the widest spates of shelling attacks on their territory since the start of Moscow’s invasion of its western neighbor. Bryansk region Governor Alexander Bogomaz…

  • Ukraine Urges Allies to Speed Up Support for Winter of War

    Ukraine Urges Allies to Speed Up Support for Winter of War

    Ukraine urged NATO members Tuesday to speed up weapons deliveries and help restore its shattered power grid, as Western allies vowed to bolster support to aid Kyiv through winter in the face of Russia’s attacks. Moscow has unleashed waves of strikes against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure as its troops are pushed back on the ground, plunging…

  • Russia Blames U.S. ‘Toxicity and Animosity’ for Canceled Arms Talks

    Russia Blames U.S. ‘Toxicity and Animosity’ for Canceled Arms Talks

    Moscow on Tuesday blamed U.S. “toxicity and animosity” for the postponement of key arms control talks with Washington as tensions continued to peak over the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine. On Monday, Russia said the talks scheduled to take place in Cairo between Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 would be held “at a later date.” The Kremlin…

  • Russia To Begin Mass Production of New Crowd-Dispersing Drone

    Russia To Begin Mass Production of New Crowd-Dispersing Drone

    Russia’s Kartsev Institute of Computing has announced it will begin production of a new drone designed to disperse crowds next year, state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday. The Shershen, or hornet, is a hexacopter drone that functions in much the same way as a more typical quadcopter drone, though it uses both ultrasound and…

  • Russia Turns to India For Help as Western Sanctions Bite – Reuters

    Russia Turns to India For Help as Western Sanctions Bite – Reuters

    Sanctions-hit Moscow has asked India to sell it at least 500 different products it urgently needs, including parts for cars, aircraft and trains, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing four sources familiar with the request. Russia reportedly sent India a list of products earlier this month, a version of which has been seen by Reuters in…

  • Russia Bans Online Journal Riddle as ‘Undesirable’ Organization 

    Russia Bans Online Journal Riddle as ‘Undesirable’ Organization 

    The office of Russia’s Prosecutor General officially designated the online journal Riddle as an “undesirable” organization on Tuesday, accusing it of “posing a threat to the security” of the Russian Federation. Under Russian law an international NGO can be declared “undesirable” for “posing a threat to the constitutional order of the Russian Federation, the defense capability…

  • Widow Claims Russian Officer Killed Himself Due to Mobilization Pressure

    Widow Claims Russian Officer Killed Himself Due to Mobilization Pressure

    The widow of a Russian colonel who shot himself at a conscription center in the Russian Far East earlier this month has blamed his suicide on the pressure he was put under during the Kremlin’s recent mobilization drive. Yulia Boyko, the widow of Colonel Vadim Boyko, addressed an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin…

  • Zambian Student Killed in Ukraine Was Wagner Recruit, Prigozhin Says

    Zambian Student Killed in Ukraine Was Wagner Recruit, Prigozhin Says

    The head of the Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenary group confirmed Tuesday that a Zambian student killed while fighting for the Russian military in Ukraine had been recruited from prison by Wagner. Nathan Lemekhandi Nyirenda, 23, had been studying nuclear engineering at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute before he was convicted on drug possession charges in 2020. He…

  • Putin Ally Kudrin Steps Down from Audit Chamber

    Putin Ally Kudrin Steps Down from Audit Chamber

    A longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Kudrin, stepped down Tuesday as the head of the country’s Audit Chamber amid reports he will oversee the reconstruction of tech giant Yandex following sanctions over Ukraine. Kudrin, a former finance minister who has a reputation of being an economic liberal in Moscow, has been in…

  • U.S. Sees 50-Fold Surge in Russian Asylum Seekers in 2022

    U.S. Sees 50-Fold Surge in Russian Asylum Seekers in 2022

    The United States has seen a 4,500% rise in asylum requests from Russian nationals this year as Russia’s war in Ukraine has forced critics to flee the country, The New York Times reported Monday. U.S. authorities processed 21,763 Russian asylum requests in October 2021-September 2022, compared with just 467 in the 2020 fiscal year, according…

  • Russian Officials Slam Pope for Singling Out ‘Cruelest’ Minorities on Ukraine Frontlines

    Russian Officials Slam Pope for Singling Out ‘Cruelest’ Minorities on Ukraine Frontlines

    Russian political and religious figures have spoken out against Pope Francis’ characterization of ethnic minorities as the “cruelest” soldiers in Ukraine, seizing on the chance to slam the West for its past conflicts and reiterate support for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. In an interview with the Catholic magazine America published Monday, the Pope appeared to…

  • Former Russian Official Demands to Be Deemed a ‘Foreign Agent’

    Former Russian Official Demands to Be Deemed a ‘Foreign Agent’

    A onetime close ally of the pro-Kremlin president of Bashkortostan filed a lawsuit with the Russian Supreme Court on Monday demanding the Ministry of Justice classify him as a so-called “foreign agent.” Rostislav Murzagulov — who now lives in Lithuania, where he hosts a YouTube show on a channel belonging to exiled Russian tycoon Mikhail…

  • Nobel Peace Laureate Calls for Weapons to Free Ukraine

    Nobel Peace Laureate Calls for Weapons to Free Ukraine

    In an unusual move for a Nobel Peace laureate, the head of one of this year’s prizewinning organizations on Monday called for weapons to help Ukraine defend itself and stop Russian atrocities. “When somebody asks me how to stop these long-lasting crimes in occupied territories, I can only answer: ‘Provide Ukraine with weapons to liberate…

  • Over a Third of Russians Admit Trying to Reduce Food Bill – State Poll

    Over a Third of Russians Admit Trying to Reduce Food Bill – State Poll

    Amid sharply rising prices, inflation at 12.7% and disruption to supply chains due to Western sanctions, around 35% of Russian citizens say they are trying to reduce the cost of their weekly food shop, according to a survey published on Monday. Of those who said they were trying to save money on food, 69% also…

  • Moscow Postpones Scheduled Nuclear Arms Reduction Talks With U.S.

    Moscow Postpones Scheduled Nuclear Arms Reduction Talks With U.S.

    Nuclear disarmament talks between Russia and the United States scheduled to take place in Egypt on Tuesday were cancelled last minute on Monday, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  The two nuclear superpowers were set to sit down in Cairo to commence the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START), in…

  • EU Members Unanimously Agree to Punish Russian Sanctions Busters

    EU Members Unanimously Agree to Punish Russian Sanctions Busters

    The European Union has granted itself legal authority to take action against anyone who helps Russia avoid its sanctions, the EU presidency announced on Monday. According to a statement, member states unanimously agreed that violating restrictive measures against Russia be considered an “EU crime” across the bloc. This would make it easier to add individuals…

  • ‘Spared the Noose’: Crowdfunding Helps Russian Anti-War Protesters Pay Fines

    ‘Spared the Noose’: Crowdfunding Helps Russian Anti-War Protesters Pay Fines

    The 30,000 ruble ($497) fine handed to Sergei Stafeyev by a Russian court earlier this year for breaking wartime censorship laws amounted to more than his monthly pension.  With little savings, the retiree from the remote Butyrka village near the Ural mountains was at a loss for how to find the money — and grew…

  • Putin and Kazakhstan’s Tokayev Reaffirm Ties After Ukraine Tensions

    Putin and Kazakhstan’s Tokayev Reaffirm Ties After Ukraine Tensions

    Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Monday, with the allies reaffirming historic ties following public disagreements over Ukraine. The visit to Moscow was the Kazakh leader’s first foreign trip since being inaugurated for a second term last week, with the 69-year-old saying his choice to visit Moscow…

  • Ukraine Warns of Fresh Russian Missile Strikes

    Ukraine Warns of Fresh Russian Missile Strikes

    Ukraine said on Monday that Russia was preparing for a fresh wave of missile attacks on its energy grid that have plunged swathes of the country into the cold and dark. A Ukraine military spokesman said a Russian warship capable of firing cruise missiles had recently deployed to the Black Sea with Kalibr-type missiles on…

  • Russian Social Network Bans Soldiers’ Mothers’ Group Following Putin Criticism

    Russian Social Network Bans Soldiers’ Mothers’ Group Following Putin Criticism

    Popular Russian social network VKontakte has banned an independent group of soldiers’ relatives lobbying the Kremlin for the return of mobilized troops from Ukraine. The Council of Wives and Mothers said Sunday that its page had been blocked at the request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office without further explanation. The group’s ban came after…

  • Bomb Shelter Signs Spring Up Across Russian Cities

    Bomb Shelter Signs Spring Up Across Russian Cities

    Bomb shelter signs have appeared on the streets of Russian cities near the border with Ukraine as well as in more far-flung locations, the independent news site Holod reported Sunday. Around 700 signs are expected to be installed by early December in the city of Belgorod near the Ukrainian border, Mayor Valentin Demidov has said. Installing…

  • 90 Years On, Ukrainians See Repeat of Soviet ‘Genocide’

    90 Years On, Ukrainians See Repeat of Soviet ‘Genocide’

    Ninety years ago, millions perished in Ukraine in a manmade famine under Joseph Stalin that many in the country call genocide. For Ganna Pertchuk, the current Russian invasion is a case of history repeating itself. At the tall candle-shaped Holodomor (Ukrainian for death by starvation) memorial center in central Kyiv, a dozen Orthodox priests in…

  • Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei Dies Suddenly

    Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei Dies Suddenly

    The foreign minister of Belarus, who earlier this year dismissed international concerns over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine being launched from his country, has died at the age of 64, the Belta news agency reported on Saturday.  “The Belarusian foreign minister Vladimir Makei has died suddenly,” the country’s state news agency reported, citing the…

  • Ukraine War Fuels ‘Fear and Anxiety’ for Russia’s Trans Community

    Ukraine War Fuels ‘Fear and Anxiety’ for Russia’s Trans Community

    Transgender and non-binary people in Russia have faced rising harassment and physical abuse since the start of the war in Ukraine, activists say, as the Kremlin doubles down on an ideology of “traditional values” in the face of international isolation.    In particular, the country’s mobilization campaign has led to transgender women still officially classified as…

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