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Putin Says Talk of Succession 'Destabilizes' Russia
"The situation must be safe and stable in order for power structures and state structures to work in a confident manner," Vladimir Putin said.
Russia Seeks to Prosecute U.S. Diplomats for Stealing Backpack
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that if their request was denied, the diplomats should "immediately" leave Russia.
Russia Threatens Facebook with Massive Fine
The fine calls for a total of "5 to 10 percent" of Facebook's "annual revenue" for repeatedly ignoring requests to remove banned content.
Russia Develops Tech for Monitoring 'Deviant' Behavior
The tech is said to "quickly track the spread of destructive subcultures among young people," preventing them from harming themselves and others.
Nord Stream 2 Operator Begins Filling Controversial Pipeline
With gas prices skyrocketing in Europe, the International Energy Agency has urged Russia to open the taps on the newly completed pipeline.
Get Sputnik Jab, Putin Tells Erdogan
The Russian president boasted of high antibody levels as he hosted the Turkish leader for talks.
Navalny Accuses Google, Apple of Becoming Putin's 'Accomplices'
Both tech companies took down his voting app during Russia’s parliamentary election last week.
France, Russia in Talks on Halting Champagne Label Law
Russia banned the use of the Russian translation of champagne on imported bottles, sparking outrage in France's Champagne region.
Top U.S., Russian Generals Meet in Helsinki
The meeting comes amid Washington's hopes for support to continue surveillance of extremists in Afghanistan.
Russian Opposition Politician Loses Vote Marred by Doppelgangers
Boris Vishnevsky made headlines after he claimed that two other candidates had changed their names and appearance to match his.
Russia Says 2 Militants Killed in Anti-Terror Raid
The militants were killed when they opened fire after being told to surrender, Russian counter-terror forces said.
where there's smoke
Astronauts Smell Smoke, Burning on Russia's ISS Module
The incident is the latest in a string of problems to spur safety concerns over conditions on the Russian segment.
Putin Says U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Ended in 'Tragedies'
Putin said the U.S. army tried to "engrain their norms" in Afghanistan for two decades, which he characterized as a futile exercise.
show of solidarity
Ukraine Marches With NATO Allies on 30th Independence Anniversary
Most of the marching Ukrainian soldiers had fought against pro-Russia separatists in an ongoing conflict in the eastern Donbass region.
lack of structure
Moscow-Led Bloc 'Concerned' Taliban Yet to Form Govt
Moscow is concerned about instability in Afghanistan spilling over to neighboring ex-Soviet states in Central Asia where it houses military bases.
Putin Warns of Influx of Afghan Militants Disguised as Refugees
"Who is among these refugees? How can we know?"
ready for liftoff
Russian Rocket Launches 34 New UK Satellites
It was the fifth launch this year for British operator Oneweb, which aims to provide broadband internet everywhere in the world.
Letter from prison
Jailed Navalny Calls on West to 'Take Action' on Global Corruption
"No money, no soldiers" are needed to implement these measures, he said, "only political will."
Russia Brands Independent Monitor 'Foreign Agent' Ahead of Election
The decision is likely to hamper the monitor's work during the Sept. 19 vote.
Failure to comply
Russia Fines Google Again for Not Removing Banned Content
The fine is the latest in a series of escalating penalties against the U.S. tech giant.
Russia Hails 'Positive Signal' From Taliban
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov praised the Taliban for supporting "inclusive" political dialogue.
Russia Reports Record Virus Deaths Second Day in a Row
Russia, the fourth worst-hit country in the world in terms of cases, has since June been hit by a wave of infections driven by the Delta variant.
Navalny Allies Face Fresh Criminal Charges
Both Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov now live outside Russia to avoid criminal prosecution on other charges.
back in business
Russian Tourists Fly in to Egypt's Red Sea Resorts After 6-Year Ban
Moscow had barred direct flights to Egypt after the 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner shortly after takeoff from a Red Sea resort.
Belarus Protest Leader Kolesnikova Goes on Trial
Maria Kolesnikova, who has become a symbol of the protest movement in Belarus, faces up to 12 years in prison.
IOC to Probe Belarus Officials Over Athlete's Forced Flight
Kristina Tsimanouskaya is expected to stay at the Polish embassy in Tokyo until her departure to Warsaw.
Russia Extends Navalny Spokeswoman's House Arrest
Kira Yarmysh has been under house arrest since February on accusations of breaching Covid-19 restrictions at a protest in Navalny's support.
fear of prosecution
Russian Legal Group With Navalny Link Disbands
Team 29 is an association of lawyers and journalists fighting for freedom of speech in Russia and worked on high-profile espionage and treason cases.
U.S. Software Firm Moves to Restart After Huge Ransomware Attack Linked to Russia-Based Group
The White House reiterated the warning President Joe Biden gave to his counterpart Vladimir Putin about Russia harboring cybercriminals.
the show must go on
St. Petersburg Euro 2020 Quarter-Final to Go Ahead Despite Covid Surge – Organizers
The city has seen a surging outbreak due to the highly transmissible Delta variant first identified in India.
Jailed Belarus Activist, Girlfriend Moved to House Arrest
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskya described the move as "good news" but said the pair is "still being held hostage."
Finnish Football Fans Bring Virus Back From Russia
Thousands of Finnish fans traveled to Russia to support their team in the Euro 2020 championships.
Russian Military Helicopter Crash Kills 3
The Mi-8, which belonged to the Russian National Guard, went down "following an air incident" on a training flight.
Belarus Denounces 'Destructive' New Western Sanctions
The sanctions followed global outrage over the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk to arrest a regime critic.
Moscow Records Pandemic High for Covid Cases Second Day Running
The new cases are being driven by the highly infectious Delta variant first identified in India and have threatened to overwhelm Moscow's hospitals.
4 Dead After Plane Carrying Parachutists Crashes in Siberia
Local prosecutors said that the failure of one of the plane's engines caused the crash.
in the deep end
Heavy Rains in Crimea Trigger Floods, State of Emergency
Images on social media showed water rushing through Yalta's streets, sweeping aside cars and reaching up to the second story of buildings.
U.S., Russia Agree to Return Ambassadors – Putin
Diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington had all but broken down since Biden took office.
Belarus Flight Ban 'Not in Airlines' Interests' – Ryanair
Belarus sparked global outrage and a ban on its airspace when it diverted a Ryanair flight and detained an opposition campaigner and his girlfriend.
'One Cold Dude': U.S. Presidents on Putin
How U.S. leaders saw the Russian leader over the past 20 years, from the Bush bromance to the Obama chill to Trump's open admiration.
eye in the sky
Russia Preparing to Give Iran Advanced Satellite System – Report
The report could add to a long list of grievances in Washington ahead of a summit between presidents Biden and Putin.
politics of memory
Kremlin 'Persecutes' Historians to Toe Soviet-Era Line – NGO
"The scale of persecution of history producers in Russia has already reached the threshold of 'crimes against history'," the report said.
UEFA Demands Ukraine Make Changes to 'Political' Jersey
The kits sparked outrage from Moscow over their inclusion of Moscow-annexed Crimea and popular patriotic chants.
Russian Serviceman Killed, 3 Injured in Syria Blast
The soldiers had been on patrol in northern Syria when an improvised explosive device exploded near their vehicle.
Azerbaijan Organizers Ban Russian Journalist from Euro 2020
Nobel Arustamyan, who has Armenian ancestry, was banned over his visits to the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Ventilator Suspected as Fire Kills 3 at Russian Hospital
Local authorities blamed the fire, which broke out in a ward reserved for coronavirus patients, on a faulty ventilator.
Russia Complains to UEFA Over Ukraine's 'Political' Euro 2020 Kit
The kits show the outline of Ukraine including annexed Crimea and feature the words "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!"
Navalny Dedicates Award to All Political Prisoners in Russia, Belarus
"He wrote that most of them are in a much worse situation compared to me, because they're not as well known or famous," his daughter Daria said.
political playing field
Ukraine, Western Allies Defend Crimea on Euro 2020 Kit
Kiev provoked Moscow's ire with its Euro 2020 kits that show the outline of Ukraine including annexed Crimea.
think global, act local
Russia Moves to Force Tech Giants to Set Up Local Offices
Russia has stepped up efforts to impose more control on online platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
U.S. Waives Sanctions on Nord Stream 2, Builder of Russia-Germany Pipeline
The move was strongly criticized by Republican senator Jim Lisch, who called the waiver "a gift to Putin."
Putin, Xi Hail Ties at Launch of Work on Nuclear Plants in China
"We can say that Russian-Chinese relations have reached the highest level in history," Putin said.
Belarus Raids Main Independent News Site
The raids come amid a widening crackdown in Belarus after the country's historic opposition movement last year.
Off the friends list
Russia Lists U.S., Czech Republic as 'Unfriendly States'
The Czech embassy will be allowed to employ no more than 19 Russian nationals and the U.S. embassy none at all.
call to dialogue
Putin, UN Urge Israel, Palestinians to Halt Fighting
The Russian president and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed support for a two-state solution to guarantee peace.
British Police Officer in Novichok Attack Sues Force
The former police officer was the first person to enter the pair's home in Salisbury.
Ukraine's Pro-Kremlin MP Blasts Treason Probe
Viktor Medvedchuk, seen as Russian President Vladimir Putin's top ally in Kiev, called the investigation a a "political reprisal."
end to violence
Putin Calls for De-Escalation in Israel-Palestinian Clashes
Putin "called on the parties to de-escalate tensions and peacefully resolve the emerging issues" in a call with Turkey's Erdogan.
'huge and unexpected loss'
Russians Mark Day of Mourning After School Shooting
Nine people, mostly children, were killed in one of the country's worst shooting incidents in recent history.
Russia to Debate Bill Banning Navalny Supporters from Polls – Lawmaker
The legislation could affect both Navalny-linked activists and the tens of thousands of Russians who supported his groups with donations.
Moscow Rejects U.S. Ransomware Attack Claims
U.S. President Biden said there were indications the ransomware in the cyber attack on the U.S. fuel pipeline was "in Russia."
Putin on WWII Victory Day Says Russia Will 'Firmly' Defend Its Interests
"Russia consistently defends international law. At the same time, we will firmly defend our national interests," Putin said in a speech on Red Square.
Belarus Opposition Leader Calls on U.S. to Isolate Lukashenko
The Belarusian strongman claimed victory last August in elections that were criticized internationally and by the opposition as fraudulent.
Some 170 Endangered Seals Found Dead on Russia's Caspian Coast
Authorities previously reported the death of nearly 300 endangered seals on Dagestan's Caspian shore in December.
accessible to all
Putin Backs Russia Waiving Patents on Its Covid Jabs
"We should not think about how to extract maximum profit, but about how to ensure people's safety," Putin said.
Russia Registers One-Dose Sputnik Light Coronavirus Jab
Sputnik Light "demonstrated 79.4% efficacy" compared to 91.6% for the two-shot Sputnik V, its developers claim.
C.Africa to Probe Claims of Abuse By Troops, Russian Forces
UN experts have sounded the alarm over alleged "major rights violations" by Russian forces sent to shore up the CAR's beleaguered armed forces.
studying the blade
Russian Special Envoy Steven Seagal Gifts Sword to Venezuela's Maduro
The hero of 80s and 90s hits including "Hard to Kill" and "Under Siege" shared his love of martial arts with Venezuela's embattled leader.
EU Summons Russian Ambassador Over Retaliatory Sanctions
Russia barred entry to eight EU officials in response to its sanctions over abuses including the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Stalin Eyes Power in Indian State Election
Born just days before his namesake died in 1953, the Indian Stalin has admitted his name had caused some awkward moments in Russia.
persona non grata
Bulgaria Says it Will Expel Russian Diplomat
Bulgarian prosecutors on Wednesday said they had established links between six Russians and several past arms depot explosions.
Russia Expels 7 EU Diplomats Over 'Solidarity' With Czechs
Slovakia and the Baltic states had expelled Russian diplomats after Prague accused Moscow of being behind a deadly 2014 arms depot blast.
Ukraine Expels Russian Diplomat in Tit-for-Tat Move
The move adds to a recent wave of diplomatic expulsions that have embroiled Russian and European embassies.
Pandemic Reverses Years of Rising Life Expectancy in Russia
Life expectancy in Russia fell for the first time in nearly 20 years in 2020, the Health Ministry's figures indicated.
UK Announces Global Magnitsky Sanctions
London's move closely mirrors similar restrictions in Washington and also by the Canadian government.
buy in bulk
Germany Seeking to Buy 30Mln Sputnik Doses from Russia – State Premier
Berlin is negotiating to purchase the doses as soon as Sputnik V receives European Medicines Agency (EMA) approval.
Ex-Wife in Russian Billionaire's Bitter £450M Divorce Wins UK Court Case Against Son
Tatiana Akhmedova and Farkhad Akhmedov's divorce is known for being one of the world's costliest divorce battles.
persona non grata
Russia Expels 2 Bulgarian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move
The move comes as a host of European countries have accused Moscow of stepping up increasingly aggressive espionage tactics.
going it alone
Russia Says to Launch Own Space Station in 2025
Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov recently said Moscow was considering leaving the ISS program from 2025 because of the station's age.
EU Corrects Estimate of Russian Troops on Ukraine Border
The EU slashed its estimate of the numbers of Russian troops from 150,000 to more than 100,000.
a seat at the table
Putin Will Address International Climate Summit Via Video Link – Kremlin
Confirmation of Putin's participating in the U.S.-hosted summit comes amid a sharp deterioration in ties between Moscow and the West.
Russia Says Expulsion of Diplomats from Prague 'Provocative'
"We categorically do not agree with these conclusions," the Kremlin said of Prague's expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats accused of spying.
Russia Repatriates 34 Orphans of IS Families From Syria
Moscow has now repatriated at least 169 such children.
world is watching
U.S. Warns of 'Consequences' if Putin Critic Navalny Dies
Moscow would be "held accountable by the international community" for what happens to Navalny, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.
Germany Probes Russian Over Plot to Murder Chechen Dissident
The suspect is alleged to have been told to bring the weapon and hitman to Germany, spy on the victim and be the driver for the assassination.
'time to de-escalate'
Kremlin Welcomes Biden Call for Dialogue, Criticizes Sanctions
The Kremlin said it was still considering the offer for a Putin-Biden summit the day after the U.S. announced a new round of Russia sanctions.
U.S.-Funded Radio Calls on European Court to Halt Russia Fines
RFE/FL, which Moscow designated a "foreign agent" several years ago, said it was facing fines of up to $33 million.
U.S. Cancels Black Sea Deployment of 2 Warships – Turkey
Last week's news of a U.S. deployment of warships came amid rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev due to a buildup of Russian troops.
'not an object'
Russia Outlaws Seizing Pets from People in Debt
The practice was occasionally used in the same way as the confiscation of furniture or real estate.
Russia Says Sputnik V Vaccine Does Not Cause Blood Clots
Rare cases of blood clots among those who received the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca jabs have disrupted rollouts in some countries.
Russia Says U.S. Troop Pullout from Afghanistan Risks 'Escalation'
The Foreign Ministry warned that Biden's new pullout deadline risks escalating the long-running conflict and derailing peace talks.
Navalny's Wife 'Worried' For Kremlin Critic After Prison Visit
Alexei Navalny said he will sue prison authorities for refusing to give him a Koran.
east vs. west
Moscow Takes Measures in Response to 'Threatening' NATO Actions
NATO on Tuesday told Moscow to end its "unjustified" buildup of troops along the border with Ukraine.
2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in War-Torn Separatist East
The conflict has seen 28 Ukrainian soldiers killed since the start of the year compared to 50 in all of 2020.
Russian Feminist Activist Goes on Trial for 'Body-Positive' Drawings
Yulia Tsvetkova faces up to six years behind bars in a case that has prompted nationwide pickets and online flashmobs in her support.
Ukraine Rules Out Offensive Against Pro-Russia Separatists
The statement came after fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists intensified and Russia massed troops on the border.
Putin, Merkel 'Concerned' Over East Ukraine Tensions – Kremlin
Clashes in eastern Ukraine have increased in recent weeks and a Russian military buildup on the border heightened fears of an escalation.
Jailed Navalny Losing Sensation in Hands – Lawyer
The opposition figure is on a hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment for severe back pain and numbness in his legs.
now or never
Russia Issues Deadline to U.S.-Funded Radio Over Fines
The fines against RFE/RL have been described as "the heaviest fines ever imposed on a media outlet in Russia."
Ukraine Urges NATO to Speed Up Membership in 'Signal' to Moscow
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that NATO membership for Ukraine would do no good in resolving the eastern Ukraine conflict.