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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.
Russia Warns Myanmar Sanctions Could Spark 'Full-Blown Civil Conflict'
Russia has sought to develop ties with the military junta in Myanmar since the country's Feb. 1 coup.
Russia Extends Twitter Slowdown, Deadline to Remove Content
Russia said Twitter started cooperating after the country's media watchdog threatened to block it over failing to delete banned content.
Russia Fines Twitter for Not Removing Calls to Protests
Twitter faces three fines totaling 8.9 million rubles ($116,700) as Moscow ramps up its pressure against the U.S. tech giant.
Armenian PM Self-Isolates Ahead of Putin Meeting
It is common for anybody meeting in person with 68-year-old Putin to isolate beforehand to protect him from Covid-19.
Russia Warns of Anti-White 'Aggression' in U.S.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "political correctness taken to the point of absurdity."
Russian 'Anti-Apple' Law Requiring Local Apps Takes Effect
Smartphones, tablets and computers sold in Russia must now come with pre-installed domestic software and apps.
Top U.S. General Calls Russia, Ukraine Amid Reported Moscow Troop Buildup
Reports suggested that Russia had located more military forces along the Ukrainian border and also moved more into annexed Crimea.
Navalny Protester Sentenced to Jail for Attacking Police
Yevgeny Tugankov became the third Russian to receive a prison sentence over the nationwide protests demanding Navalny's freedom.
Reports of Major Abuses by Russian Mercenaries in C. Africa – UN Experts
The alleged abuses include mass summary executions, arbitrary detentions and torture.
Lithuanian Court Extends Sentence for Ex-Soviet Tank Officer
Yuri Mel's sentence has been extended to 10 years over his role in a deadly military assault on Lithuania's independence bid in January 1991.
show of force
Russia Stages Fresh Military Drills in the Arctic
Retired Russian admiral Viktor Kravchenko said the exercises were to send a "signal to our foreign friends — the Americans."
terms and conditions
Russia Says Hopes to Avoid Ban on Western Tech Giants
Russia earlier this month began disrupting Twitter services in Russia as it ramped up pressure on foreign social media platforms.
Russia 'Concerned' Over Myanmar Civilian Casualties
Russia's deputy defense minister attended Myanmar's military parade over the weekend amid its deadly crackdown on civilians.
Belarus Police Detain Protesters, Prevent Opposition Rally
The opposition had called for a "second wave" of rallies after protests died down over the winter due to a heavy crackdown.
back 'from the dead'
Russia Hails Rare Sighting of Amur Leopard Mum With Cubs
Conservationists said the video footage showed that efforts to boost the population of the threatened species had borne fruit.
France Slams Russia's Sputnik Vaccine as 'Propaganda' Tool
The Kremlin rejected that Russia and China were using their vaccines as tools to win geopolitical clout.
Belarus Opposition to Restart Protests as Crackdown Widens
Videos on social media and published by local media showed military vehicles moving into the center of Minsk in preparation.
Canada Sanctions 9 Russian Officials Over Navalny Jailing
Canada's foreign minister said it would continue to push for the release of Navalny and supporters "who have been unlawfully detained."
return to normalcy
Armenia Lifts Martial Law Months After Karabakh War
The decision came as part of a deal to defuse a political crisis sparked by Armenia's crushing defeat in the six-week conflict.
blazes on the horizon
Russia Forecasters Warn Over Siberia Forest Fires
Hot and dry weather across the region will lead to more forest fires this year, forecasters said, linking the blazes to climate change.
Russia Says Regrets U.S. 'Passed Up' Chance for Putin-Biden Talks
"One more opportunity has been passed up to look for a way out of the dead end in Russia-U.S. ties," the Foreign Ministry said.
Russian Police Raid Khodorkovsky-Backed Media, Opposition Group
The raids have been linked to a continuing clampdown on opposition politicians and municipal councillors.
one on one
Putin Invites Biden to Virtual Talks
The invite comes after Biden described Putin as a "killer," remarks that sparked the biggest crisis in bilateral relations in years.
Moscow to Probe 'Russian Woman' Eurovision Entry for 'Illegal' Lyrics
The song performed by Manizha praises the strength of Russian women, urging them to be more independent and to resist sexist views.
point of tension
G7 Says It Will Not Recognize Russia's 'Occupation' of Crimea
The group of leading nations called on Russia "to respect its international obligations" on the seventh anniversary of its annexation of Crimea.
Kremlin Denounces UK Plan to Increase Nuclear Arsenal
The Kremlin said Britain's reversal of its previous commitment to reduce its stockpile "harms international stability."