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Belarus Presidential Challenger Demands 'Honest Election'
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has emerged as the biggest challenge in years to President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled since 1994.
Belarus Detains Opposition Campaign Manager Before Tense Presidential Ballot
President Alexander Lukashenko is facing perhaps the biggest challenge to his power since he became leader in 1994.
Russian Activists Detained Heading to Observe Belarus Vote
Three Open Russia members were taken off a bus in the western Pskov region as they travelled to Belarus.
Tens of Thousands Continue to Rally in Fresh Khabarovsk Protest
Fifth consecutive weekend of mass protest in Far East city.
second from the sun
Russia Wants to Return to Venus, Build Reusable Rocket
The head of Roscosmos said studying Venus could help scientists understand how to deal with climate change on Earth.
Belarus Fuels First Nuclear Plant Ahead of Presidential Poll
Lukashenko hailed the power station as a "breakthrough into the future" but it has drawn controversy from Europe.
keep calm and carry on
Putin Says Russia Wants 'Stable' Belarus Ahead of Poll
The Putin-Lukashenko call took place a week after Belarus detained 33 Russians it described as private mercenaries.
Lukashenko: Soviet-Style Autocrat on Europe's Doorstep
In power since 1994, Lukashenko has kept his landlocked homeland largely stuck in a Soviet time warp.
Cyprus Police Question Russian Over Lebanon Disaster
The police spokesman said Igor Grechushkin was not arrested, but asked specific questions relating to the ship's cargo as requested.
'new greatness' case
Court Jails Young Russians for 'Plotting to Overthrow Putin'
The activists' case has sparked protests and allegations of police overreach.
Russian Swimmers Complete Eco-Relay Across Lake Baikal
The swimmers hoped to draw attention to pollution of the world's largest freshwater lake.
WHO Urges Russia to Follow Guidelines on Virus Vaccine
Scientists in the West have raised concerns about the speed of development of Russia's coronavirus vaccines.
French Trial Ordered for Alleged Russian Bitcoin Fraudster
Alexander Vinnik was extradited to France from Greece, where he had been arrested on an American warrant in 2017.
8 Arrested in Russia's First Surrogacy Probe
The probe was launched after one of the babies born to a surrogate mother was found dead in a flat outside Moscow in January.
Trump Сalls for New Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev
A U.S. appeals court overturned the death penalty for Tsarnaev on Friday.
Russia Charges Rapper's Widow With Murder After Finding Dismembered Body
Russian investigators said they found body fragments of Ukrainian rapper Andy Cartwright in a St. Petersburg flat.
mercenaries in minsk
Kremlin Demands Release of Russians Held in Belarus
Belarus accuses the 33 detained Russians of plotting riots ahead of its presidential elections.
Russian Court Sentences U.S. Ex-Marine to 9 Years for Police Assault
Russian and U.S. media have speculated that Trevor Reed could become part of a prisoner swap.
High-Profile Washington Analyst Detained in Belarus
Vitali Shkliarov reportedly advised one of strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko's would-be rivals in next month's election.
Russian Prosecutors Demand Nearly 10 Years' Jail for U.S. Ex-Marine
Trevor Reed, a 28-year-old student and former Marine, allegedly attacked police while drunk after attending a party in Moscow.
Russia Vows 'Promising' Virus Vaccines in September
Scientists in the West have raised concerns about the speed of development of Russia's coronavirus vaccines.
Finland Suspects Russian Jets Violated Airspace
Two Sukhoi SU-27 jets "flew in Finnish airspace for about two minutes," the Finnish Defense Ministry said.
Russian Court Fines Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation
Film director also convicted for refusing to delete a YouTube investigation into alleged corruption.
Hundreds Evacuated Over Fire in Moscow Women's Jail
About 850 people were reportedly evacuated.
Ukraine Accuses Separatists of Breaching New Ceasefire
The ceasefire had begun just hours before the alleged violation.
Russian Athletes Should Face 'Blanket Ban' in Tokyo, Says Whistleblower
Russia is banned for four years from major sporting events over manipulated doping data but its athletes can compete as neutrals.
Russia and Ukraine Hail Peace Efforts Ahead of New Ceasefire
The Russian and Ukrainian Presidents spoke by phone Sunday ahead of a midnight ceasefire.
Russian Election Activists Arrested at Conference
Anti-riot police detained United Democrats activists on terrorism charges.
U.S. Says Photos Show Russian Arms Supplies to Libya Rebels
The Pentagon released satellite photos that it said shows Wagner-supplied military equipment "on the front lines" of the Libyan conflict.
Russia Rejects Space Weapon Claim as 'Propaganda'
U.S. Space Command called the threat against Washington's systems "real, serious and increasing."
Barred Belarus Opposition Candidate Flees to Moscow
Valery Tsepkalo's spokesman said he fled to Moscow because he "feared for his safety."
Russia Jails Air Traffic Controllers Over Total Chief Death
The International Transport Workers' Federation called their prosecution a "shocking move."
Russia to Subsidize Tourists on Domestic Vacations – PM
Russians will receive between 5,000 ($70) and 15,000 ($211) rubles depending on the tour, Prime Minister Mishustin said.
Creator of 1980 Moscow Olympic Bear Mascot Dies at 84
The cuddly bear that Viktor Chizhikov designed remains a popular symbol of the Moscow Olympics.
U.S. Blacklists Chechen Leader for Rights Abuses
The designation is tied to alleged torture, extrajudicial killings and other violations that the U.S. said go back more than a decade.
out of office
Russian Arctic Mayor Resigns After Virus 'Cover-Up' Claim
Norilsk Mayor Rinat Akhmetchin's resignation came as President Putin boasted that Russia's virus situation is improving.
in with the new
Putin Names New Governor to Far East Region Hit by Protests
Putin said the region's new governor faced "a very demanding, very important" job but did not mention the protests directly.
UK 'Confident' Moscow Helped Hackers Target Virus Vaccine
Dominic Raab said the conclusions were based on assessments by Britain's National Cyber Security Centre.
Russian Envoy Denies Moscow Helped Hackers Target Virus Vaccine
The Russian envoy also rejected a separate claim by London that "Russian actors" sought to disrupt last year's UK general election.
Tens of Thousands Stage Anti-Kremlin Protests in Russia's Far East
Sergei Furgal's arrest has sparked unprecedented demonstrations in the city of Khabarovsk.
Russia Ready to Mediate Talks Between Armenia, Azerbaijan
President Vladimir Putin and members of Russia's Security Council expressed "extreme concern" over the flare-up in fighting.
Russia Issues Travel Ban to Kremlin Critic Navalny in Slander Probe
Kremlin critics have accused Russian authorities of ramping up repression against opponents in recent weeks.
Putin Orders Massive Snap Military Drills
The drills will involve 150,000 personnel and hundreds of aircraft and naval vessels to ensure "security in Russia's southwest."
Protests in Khabarovsk
Jailed Russian Governor Asks Supporters to Stop Protests – Lawyer
Protests have erupted nearly every day in the Khabarovsk region and another huge rally has been called for Saturday.
UK Says 'Russian Actors' Likely Tried to Disrupt 2019 Election
The accusation, although not directly aimed at the Kremlin, is likely to worsen already fraught relations between London and Moscow.
harder to breathe
Russian Wildfire Smoke Choking Siberian Cities
Photos of Yugorsk and other cities showed residential buildings fuzzy under a blanket of white smog.
U.S. Targets Russia Group Over Libya Mines, Sudan Suppression
The U.S. accused the Wagner Group of "demonstrating a total disregard for the safety and security of Libyans."
U.S. Opens Way for Tougher Sanctions on Russia-Germany Gas Pipeline
Putin has said he hopes the Nord Stream 2 project will be completed by early 2021 after delays caused by the U.S. sanctions.
Russian MPs Back Bill to Hold Polls Over 3 Days
Critics said elections held over several days would be more difficult to monitor and easier to rig.
Russia Military Says Virus Vaccine Is Tested and Safe
The Defense Ministry did not say whether the vaccine was in fact effective.
Spotify Expands to Russia and Eastern Europe
"We welcome fans and artists in growing music markets like Russia, where streaming is being widely adopted," Spotify said.
Russia Seeks Hefty Jail Terms For Activists in 'New Greatness' Case
Investigators say the group were plotting to overthrow the Russian government. Critics say the prosecution is politically motivated.
Teenage Boy Dies of Plague in Mongolia
A handful of recent cases prompted an eastern Siberian region of Russia to test rodents for the bubonic plague.
Kremlin Urges 'Restraint' After Armenia-Azerbaijan Clashes
Russia is also "ready to provide mediation efforts" after the latest flare-up.
Belarus Bars Jailed Lukashenko Rival From Contesting Vote
Viktor Babaryko was jailed in the run-up to the vote on suspicion of financial crimes.
Arctic Spill Fuels Calls for Shakeup at Russian Mining Giant
Aluminum producer Rusal, which owns 28% in Norilsk Nickel, said it was "seriously concerned" over the recent accidents.
Kremlin Envoy in Far East as More Protest Governor's Arrest
Observers said the protests were the first such rallies in the region in recent decades.
Moscow Says Turkey's Hagia Sophia Move an 'Internal Affair'
The Russian Orthodox Church meanwhile has expressed dismay at Turkey's decision.
New Russia Protest Over Governor's Arrest
The local government meanwhile denounced the "provocative slogans" and urged people to show "common sense."
Giant Protests in Russia's Far East After Popular Governor's Arrest
Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk on Saturday.
New Figures Suggest Russia’s Coronavirus Death Toll Underreported
Deaths from the coronavirus in May were at least twice as high as those previously announced.
Freedom of Expression
Russia Fines LGBT Аctivist for 'Gay Propaganda' Drawings
The case of Yulia Tsvetkova has prompted international condemnation and protests in Russia.
Court Orders Detainment of Russian Governor Ahead of Murder Trial
Sergei Furgal was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of ordering the murder of several businessmen 15 years ago.
Kazakhstan Denies China's Claim of New Deadly Virus
Beijing has warned of a disease with "a mortality rate far higher than Covid-19."
Moscow Push to Reduce UN Cross-Border Aid to Syria Fails
Washington warned that keeping only one border crossing open would cut off 1.3 million people north of Aleppo from aid.
Russian Mining Giant Disputes $2Bln Arctic Oil Spill Fine
Nornickel said it would cover the cleanup costs, but is contesting the Russian authorities’ numbers.
Lithuania Bans Russia's RT Television Channels
The ban echoes a move by neighbor Latvia, after finding a key RT figure is on an EU sanctions list.
Freedom of Speech
Russia Tells U.S. to 'Mind Own Business' Over Media Freedom
Rebecca Ross, the spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy, expressed concern about a clampdown on journalists in Russia.
Russia Seeks 15 Years Jail for Gulag Historian
Yury Dmitriyev is the head of leading rights group Memorial's branch in Karelia in northwestern Russia.
Tit For Tat
Russia Will Impose Counter-Sanctions on U.K. – Kremlin
London earlier blacklisted Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
U.K. Designates 25 Russian Individuals in New Rights Sanctions
Britain on Monday identified 49 individuals and organizations to be sanctioned under a new regime targeting people who violate human rights, 25 of them...
Russian Orthodox Leader Warns Turkey Over Hagia Sophia Move
Turkey's top court is debating whether one of the architectural wonders of the world can be redesignated as a mosque.
Chechen Dissident Shot Dead in Austria
Austrian police have arrested two Russian suspects.
Defense Lawyers Allowed to Examine MH17 Wreckage
Lawyers for one of the suspects said they wanted to probe alternative theories for the plane's downing.
Putin Mocks U.S. Embassy Rainbow Flag
"Let them celebrate. They've shown a certain something about the people who work there," he said with a smile.
Putin Thanks Russians for 'Support and Trust' After Vote
He made no mention of the fact that the changes also reset his constitutional term limit.
Final Vote Result Shows Big Majority for Putin Reforms
With all votes counted, the Central Elections Commission said 77.92% had backed the reforms, with turnout of about 65%.
Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at 'Suffocating' Syria
The sanctions aim to force Syrian President Assad to accept calls for a ceasefire, elections and political transition.
Latvia Bans Russia's RT 'Propaganda' Channels
The bans are permanent unless RT fires its head who is under international sanctions.
Russian Cosmonaut Votes on Putin's Reforms From ISS
Russia's space agency said Anatoly Ivanishin is the first man to have voted online from orbit.
Russian Arctic Sets 'Fantastical' Heat Records: Weather Chief
The head of Russia's weather service says climate change and a change in atmospheric circulation are to blame.
appeal to the people
Putin Urges Russians to Back 'Stability, Security, Prosperity' in Vote
He made no mention of a controversial amendment that could allow him to stay in power until 2036.
Exit Poll Shows Russians Strongly Backing Constitution Reforms
Some 76% of respondents voted for the package of amendments that would allow Putin to run again in 2024.
Russian Mining Giant Admits Waste 'Violations' at Arctic Plant
Journalists claimed the factory deliberately funneled the wastewater into wildlife areas.
U.S. Intercepts Russian Warplanes off Alaska
This was the fourth time this month that U.S. planes have intercepted Russian aircraft near Alaska.
Russia Spies Aided Taliban Attacks, U.S. Intel Says – NYT
A Russian unit offered the Taliban incentives for targeting a U.S.-led coalition, states the report.
Macron 'Confident' of Progress in Russia Ties
Putin and the French president are pursuing a policy of rapprochement.
Oil Firm Says Russian Mercenaries Enter Key Libya Field
Moscow denies any involvement in the presence of Russian mercenaries in the conflict.
Orenburg Become Fourth Russian Football Club With Positive Virus Tests
The Russian Premier League resumed on June 19 but was immediately disrupted by the coronavirus.
Russia Plans Tourist Space Walks in 2023
Energia space corporation aims to take two tourists to the International Space Station.
U.S. Ex-Marine Whelan Will Not Appeal Russian Espionage Verdict: Agencies
Paul Whelan hopes to be exchanged with Russians convicted in the United States in a prisoner swap, his lawyer said.
Defense Lawyers Want Wider Probe of MH17 Theories
Defense lawyers for a Russian suspect on trial over the downing of flight MH17 called Monday for more investigation of alternative theories including that...
Putin Hails Russian War Dead at Giant New Army Cathedral
The ceremony marked the 79th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.
Prosecutors Seek 6-Year Jail Term for Russian Director
Serebrennikov's embezzlement trial has attracted international attention and high-profile calls for his release.
N.Zealand Freezes Assets of Alleged Russian Cyber Criminal
Police said Alexander Vinnik had likely victimized "thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people globally."
Dynamo's Trip to Krasnodar Postponed After 3 Players Test Positive for Virus
The match is part of the already troubled first round of fixtures since the pandemic shut down the league for three months.
Lenin Statue Unveiled in Western Germany After Legal Battle
A divisive new monument to Soviet leader Lenin was unveiled in Germany on Saturday.
4 Suspects Face Charges in Dijon Ethnic Unrest Blamed on Chechens
Dijon was rocked by three nights of violence last weekend sparked by an assault on a 16-year-old Chechen boy.
Putin Hails Russian 'Hero Doctors' Who Died From Virus
He said the medics' work was on par with "the valiant service" of medics during World War I and World War II.
Kadyrov Backs Chechens Involved in Unrest in France
He said the members of Dijon's Chechen community "united together ... to face death-sowing drug dealers."