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free speech debate
Russia Says Trump Ban a 'Nuclear Blast in Cyber Space'
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the social media ban "a blow against democratic values proclaimed by the West."
Kiev Case vs. Moscow on Crimea 'Partly Admissible' – Europe Court
The European Court of Human Rights added that it was not ruling on whether the annexation of Crimea itself was illegal.
new year's address
Putin Urges Unity in 2021 as Second Wave Batters Russia
In his 17th New Year's address, Putin said he was convinced that together Russians could "overcome everything" and "restore normal life."
billed upon return
Putin Business Ally Vows to Pursue Libel Claim Against Navalny
Yevgeny Prigozhin's catering company is seeking $900,000 in damages after Navalny's foundation accused it of supplying sub-standard food to schools.
Russia Opens 'Fraud' Probe Against Navalny
Russian investigators on Tuesday opened a criminal probe into Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Moscow Expands List of German Officials Banned From Russia
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the expansion is a response to "destructive" EU sanctions imposed in October.
persona non grata
Russia Expels Bulgarian Diplomat in Tit-for-Tat Response
Bulgaria earlier this month expelled the Russian military attache after prosecutors opened a probe against him for spying on U.S. troops based in the country...
Russia Tops 3 Million Covid-19 Infections
Since winter began, each week has brought new records for new cases and deaths.
British Cold War Double Agent George Blake Dies in Moscow
During his time as a double agent, Blake passed some of the most coveted British secrets to the Soviets.
Russian Role in C.Africa Grows Ahead of Weekend Vote
Russia has sent arms and is an open supporter of incumbent President Faustin Archange Touadera who is on course to win a second term on Sunday.
Russia Sent '300 Military Instructors' to C.Africa – Ministry
Russia "promptly responded" to a request from CAR's government after an alleged attempted coup ahead of upcoming elections.
Russia Announces Travel Bans Against EU Officials Over Navalny
The EU previously sanctioned several Russian officials over the opposition figure's poisoning by Novichok.
Navalny Call With Suspected Agent a 'Provocation': FSB
Navalny said he tricked one of the FSB officers linked to his poisoning into outlining the details of the operation in a phone call.
Russia Says 'Not Sending Troops' to C.Africa
The CAR government said earlier Monday that Russia, along with Rwanda, had sent in hundreds of troops to the country.
Russia Denies Role in U.S. Cyber Attacks
Russia has been widely blamed for the hack that reportedly affected U.S. government agencies including the Treasury.
Kremlin Voices 'Serious Concern' Over C.Africa Crisis
Reports earlier Monday said that Russia had dispatched "hundreds" of troops to the impoverished country.
2 Russian Men Get Jail Sentences for Euro 2016 Attack
The men were given jail terms of three years and 10 years over the beating that left an English football fan with a brain injury.
U.S. Government Confirms Cyberattack After Reports of Russia-Linked Hacking
U.S. media reports said the FBI was investigating a group working for the Russian foreign intelligence service, SVR.
Dutch Expel 2 Russian Diplomats for Spying – Intelligence Service
The Dutch intelligence service said the two Russians were part of a spy network targeting hi-tech industries.
clampdown on dissent
Russia's Expanded Foreign Agents Bill Passes First Reading
Any individual could be deemed a foreign agent if they receive material or monetary support from abroad under the changes.
at the limit
St. Petersburg Eyes Virus Lockdown Amid Record Deaths
One of Russia's most popular tourist destinations, St. Petersburg is now struggling with a major health crisis.
Russia Says Venezuela Election 'Transparent'
President Nicolas Maduro won total control of the country in polls boycotted by the opposition and widely criticized by other international powers.
Belarus Opposition Rallies in Scattered Protests
More than 100 people have reportedly been detained so far.
Kazakhstan to Launch Production of Russian Vaccine
Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan backs Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.
Key Belarus Opposition Figure Charged With Graft and Fraud
Viktor Babaryko was considered President Alexander Lukashenko's strongest election rival until his June arrest.
cause for concern
Putin 'Alarmed' by Russia's Spike in Virus Deaths
"It is completely unacceptable to pretend that all is fine," he said.
Russia Sees Record Daily Virus Deaths as Regions Struggle
Excess death figures suggest that the actual number of fatalities could be much higher.
U.S. Election System Archaic, Says Russia
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the U.S. electoral system "significantly distorts the will of the population."
keeping the peace
Main Points of Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal
The Russian-brokered deal ends weeks of heavy fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Russia Foreign Minister Self-Isolates After Covid Contact
Sergei Lavrov, 70, "feels well" but his planned visits and meetings will be postponed to a later date.
Azerbaijan Accuses Armenia of Deadly Missile Strike on Civilians
A U.S.-brokered ceasefire agreed at the weekend had unraveled within minutes on Monday.
Belarus Opposition Leader Says Nationwide Strike Underway
More than 170 people were reportedly detained in Minsk and other cities on Monday.
Death of Sea Life Off Russia Peninsula 'Caused By Algae'
Environmentalists said they were conducting their own inquiries and were not yet able to confirm the official probe's findings.
Russia Offers U.S. One-Year Freeze on Nuclear Warhead Numbers
The White House had described Russia's previous proposal as a "non-starter" unless accompanied by the freeze.
Crew in No Danger After ISS Issues Resolved – Russia
The crew aboard the ISS had reported issues with the oxygen production system, a toilet and the oven for preparing food.
Belarus Moves Detained U.S. Analyst to House Arrest — Lawyer
Vitali Shkliarov was allegedly subjected to "extreme psychological pressure and physical abuse" in jail.
Tens of Thousands March in Belarus Despite Police Threat to Open Fire
Police claimed that the protests were becoming more radicalized and warned that they would use lethal force "if necessary."
Putin Proposes One-Year Extension of New START Treaty
Tensions have raged for months over the fate of New START, which caps the number of nuclear warheads held by Washington and Moscow.
air to breathe
Oxygen Supply Fails on Russian Segment of ISS, Crew Not in Danger
Veteran Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka said that the Russian equipment aboard the ISS was well past its use-by date.
EU Agrees Russia Sanctions Over Navalny Poisoning
The sanctions will target six people — likely to be Russian officials — as well as one entity "involved in the Novichok program."
U.S. Says 'Agreement in Principle' With Russia on Extending Key Nuclear Pact
With U.S. elections three weeks away, the Trump administration signaled it was willing to keep the treaty largely as is for now.
Norway Says Russia Behind Cyber Attack on Parliament
"This is a very serious incident, affecting our most important democratic institution," Norway's foreign minister said.
two weeks' notice
Belarus Opposition Leader Gives Lukashenko Ultimatum to Resign
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya warned Lukashenko that he will face a crippling general strike if he doesn't resign by Oct. 25.
Kyrgyz President Asks Parliament to Vote Again on PM Amid Crisis
The request came shortly after a senior aide to Russian President Putin visited for talks aimed at resolving the political crisis.
Belarus Police Threaten to Use Firearms on Protesters
Monday's statement was the first time authorities explicitly threatened to use firearms against opposition demonstrators.
Russia Expels 2 Bulgarian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move
Moscow's expulsion comes in response to Bulgaria expelling two Russians on accusations of spying on the military.
Belarus Businessmen Granted House Arrest After Lukashenko Prison Visit
One of the freed entrepreneurs said the visit was meant to "build dialogue" and find a way out of the current stalemate.
Russia Evacuates Thousands as Munitions Explode in Fire
The fire was sparked by a wildfire in dry grass nearby, causing munitions to explode continuously.
Navalny Urges EU Entry Bans on Putin's 'Close Circles'
Navalny, who is being treated in Germany, blames Putin for his near-fatal poisoning by Novichok.
Watchdog Says Novichok-Type Nerve Agent Found in Navalny Samples
OPCW chief Fernando Arias "considered that these results constitute a matter of grave concern."
Armenia Says Facing 'Decisive Moment' as Karabakh Fighting Intensifies
The number of fatalities on both sides has risen above 240 after nearly a week of fighting.
Karabakh Main City Struck as Armenia Says 'Ready' for Mediation
Fighting raged for a sixth day despite calls from Russia, the U.S. and France for a ceasefire.
get well soon
Putin Tells Trump His 'Vitality' Will Help Fight Off Virus
Putin is one of several world leaders to have wished the U.S. president a speedy recovery after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Kremlin Says Navalny Charges Against Putin 'Unacceptable'
Putin's spokesman also claimed that the CIA was "currently working" with Navalny.
caught in the crossfire
Two French Journalists Hurt in Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting
A reporter from Russian broadcaster TV Rain was also among the shelled journalists but was not injured.
Putin, Macron Call for 'Complete' Halt to Karabakh Fighting – Kremlin
The two leaders said they were ready to intensify diplomatic efforts to help solve the conflict.
push for peace
Kremlin Urges Turkey to Work for Ceasefire in Karabakh
Moscow's appeal came after Turkey's Erdogan demanded Armenia end its "occupation" of Nagorno-Karabakh.
view from moscow
Putin Says Belarus Facing 'Unprecedented External Pressure'
The Kremlin's ex-Soviet ally is currently facing a deep political crisis over a disputed election.
Nobel Winner Alexievich Leaves Belarus for Treatment – Friend
The author plans to return to Belarus even as most of the country's prominent opposition members have been forced out.
New Virus Cases in Moscow Climb to June Levels
On Thursday, the capital recorded 1,050 new cases, the highest figure since June 23.
Moscow Expands List of European Officials Banned From Russia
The Foreign Ministry pointed to "hostile steps" against Russia and its citizens.
trail of evidence
Navalny Says Novichok Found 'In and On' His Body
He demanded that Moscow return his clothes that were removed before he was flown to Berlin, saying they were important evidence.
Former Athletics Chief Guilty of Russian Doping Corruption
Individual Russian athletes paid 3.2 million euros for the International Athletics Association to cover-up their drug-taking.
foreign influence allegations
Belarus Opposition Leader Is U.S. Protege – Russia Spy Chief
"The U.S. is playing a crucial role in the current events in Belarus," Foreign Intelligence Service head Sergei Naryshkin said.
Russia Has 'Questions' for Germany Over Navalny
The head of Russia's foreign intelligence service said Tuesday opposition leader Alexei Navalny showed no signs of poisoning before he was flown to Berlin...
call to action
Macron Urges Putin To Shed Light on 'Attempted Murder' of Navalny – Presidency
Macron also told Putin that France's own analysis confirmed Germany's conclusion that Navalny was poisoned by Novichok.
Russian Police Seek To Question Navalny in Germany
Russia requests for its officers and an expert to work alongside German investigators.
Microsoft Thwarts Russian, Chinese Hackers Targeting U.S. Presidential Campaigns
The hackers had been targeting staff members of both President Trump's and Democratic nominee Biden's campaigns.
U.S. Sanctions 'Russian Agent' for Trying to Damage Biden
The Ukrainian politician has close ties to Russian intelligence and actively aided in efforts to implicate Joe Biden in corruption.
Italy Probes Russian Glamour Model's Death Near NATO Base
Galina Fedorova drowned close to one of Italy's largest military bases on the Teulada coastline.
Campaigner for Kremlin Critic Navalny Beaten Up
Regional campaigners for Navalny have reported numerous threats and acts of intimidation in the lead-up to Sunday's elections.
'LOOK THE OTHER WAY'
Whistleblower: White House Stifled Reporting on Russian Election Interference
A top US intelligence official was told to stop reporting on Russian election interference as it made President Trump "look bad."
Serbia Drops Out of War Games With Russia in Belarus
The Balkan country was set to take part in the upcoming 'Slavic Brotherhood 2020' exercise with Russian and Belarusian troops.
Russian Deputy Energy Minister Arrested for Alleged Corruption
Anatoly Tikhonov is accused of misusing public funds worth around $7.9 million.
Belarus Opposition Lawyer Detained by 'Masked Men'
Maxim Znak is the latest opposition figure to be detained or forced to leave Belarus in an intensifying crackdown.
All Options Open on Sanctions Against Russia Over Navalny: German Minister
On Monday, Merkel's spokesman underlined that she would not rule out consequences on the multi-billion-euro Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.
Putin, Saudi King Discuss Joint Vaccine Production – Kremlin
Saudi Arabia has previously been identified as one of the countries interested in Russia's vaccine.
middle east ally
Russian FM Meets Syria's Assad on Rare Visit
Lavrov discussed economic cooperation with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.
UK Says Russian State Link Likely in Navalny Poisoning
"A very serious set of questions to answer."
Trump: U.S. Has seen 'No Proof Yet' of Navalny Poisoning
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he had not yet seen proof that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny had been poisoned as stated by Germany...
Belarus Opposition Leader Urges Sanctions in UN Address
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya spoke to the UN Security Council on Friday by video link.
Russia Vaccine Passes Early Trial Test – The Lancet
Patients involved in early tests of a Russian coronavirus vaccine developed antibodies with "no serious adverse events."
Russian Doctor Blames Diet, Stress for Navalny Coma
A Russian toxicologist said Friday that opposition leader Alexei Navalny's health could have deteriorated due to dieting.
Navalny Ally Says Poisoning 'New Chapter' in Kremlin Crackdown
Top Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov called the alleged assassination attempt a 'new low' for the Kremlin.
Belarus Leader Replaces Security Chiefs as Russian Prime Minister Visits
The security reshuffle was announced as Russian PM Mikhail Mishushtin visited the increasingly unstable country.
Chemical Arms Watchdog Voices 'Grave Concern' Over Navalny Case
The head of the world chemical arms watchdog expressed "grave concern" on Thursday.
Russian Economy Under Pressure After Navalny Novichok Poisoning
Investors fear sanctions, sending ruble and stock markets into the red.
Almost All Arctic Wildfires Producing Record CO2 Emissions Are in Russia – EU
This year's wildfires have already surpassed the record set in 2019 for carbon dioxide emissions, and they're still burning.
Novichok, Feared Soviet-Designed Poison
The newest class of nerve agent, the Novichok family of toxins was developed by the Soviet government towards the end of the Cold War.
Novichok Use Shows 'Only State' Could Have Poisoned Navalny – Aide
Germany's finding that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok shows that only the Russian state could be responsible, an aid to Navalny said.
Friend in Need
Belarus Strongman Thanks RT for 'Support'
Critics say the election was rigged but the 66-year-old has refused to give in to protesters' demands to quit.
Russian PM to Visit Minsk Thursday
Vladimir Putin has backed Alexander Lukashenko and raised the possibility of sending military support if Belarus "starts to get out of control."
Facebook Nabs Russia-linked Campaign to Fuel U.S. Chaos
13 Facebook accounts and 2 pages posing as journalists were linked to the Internet Research Agency in Russia.
Belarus Detains Students Marking New Term With Protests
Hundreds of university students gathered in the streets of Minsk to protest Tuesday.
Denmark Summons Russian Envoy Over Airspace Violation
A Russian jet fighter had violated Denmark's airspace during a NATO exercise last week.
'Stop Torturing Protesters,' UN Experts Tell Belarus
Reports of torture and ill-treatment have followed the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.
Russia Says Belarus Sanctions 'Unacceptable'
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Lukashenko's election rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya of using "not quite democratic" political methods.
White House Calls on Russia to 'Respect Belarus' Sovereignty, Democracy
The Kremlin announced Monday it was ruling out sending a Russian reserve unit into Belarus for now.
Russian Baliffs Seize $460,000 From Navalny Ally
Bailiffs on Monday seized $460,000 from bank accounts belonging to Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol.
Russia’s Gazprom Reports Massive Profit Slump in First Half
Net profit fell 25-fold as the coronavirus pandemic hit global energy prices.