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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.
'Principle of Reciprocity'
Russia Expels 3 Slovak Diplomats in Tit-For-Tat Move
Slovakia announced on August 10 that it was removing three Russian embassy staff over what it said was "serious crime."
Belarus Leader Proposes Vote on Constitution Reforms
Lukashenko has twice before held such referendums, pushing through changes that strengthened the role of the president.
Germany Urges More From Moscow to Probe Navalny Poisoning
Germany on Monday urged Moscow to step up its efforts to investigate the apparent poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
France Detains Senior Military Officer Suspected of Spying for Russia
A senior French military officer stationed at a NATO base has been indicted and jailed on suspicion of spying for Russia
Tens of Thousands March in Belarus Capital Despite Massive Police Presence
Protests are now into a third week since August 9 disputed elections in which Lukashenko claimed victory
Belarus Pulls Several Foreign Media Reporters' Accreditation
Officials said the decision was taken on the recommendation of the country's counter-terrorism unit.
Russia Fires Outspoken Head of Embattled Anti-Doping Body
Yury Ganus sharply criticized the actions of Russia's sports leadership during his tenure.
Russia Expels Norwegian Diplomat in Spy Affair
Russia accused Norway of taking a "destructive course" that would "inevitably negatively affect the atmosphere of bilateral relations."
Russia Blames U.S. for Syria Confrontation
Video shows Russian troops attempting to box in U.S. soldiers with helicopters and military vehicles.
separated from family
30 Babies Born to Surrogates Stranded in Russia
Most foreign parents are unable to pick up the babies in St. Petersburg due to border closures.
Nobel Laureate Alexievich Refuses to Answer Belarus Investigators
Svetlana Alexievich was summoned as a witness in a criminal probe into the opposition.
salt in the wound
Kremlin-Linked Businessman Prigozhin Vows to Ruin Navalny
Prigozhin said he would enforce a court order for Navalny and his associates to pay him $1.2 million in damages over a video report.
Belarus' 'Peaceful Revolution' Is Neither Pro-Russian Nor Anti-Russian, Opposition Leader Says
Tikhanovskaya described the Belarus protests as "a peaceful striving of the people for self-determination and basic dignity."
UKRAINE PEACE TALKS
Germany Hails 'Significant Progress' in Ukraine Peace Efforts
The German foreign minister seemed hopeful, noting the long ongoing ceasefire and progress on prisoner exchanges.
Belarus Opens Criminal Case Into Opposition Bids to 'Seize Power'
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's Coordination Council met for the first time this week and called for new elections.
Norway Expels Russian Diplomat After Spying Arrest
The diplomat, who works in the embassy's trade section, has until the end of the week to leave the country.
Belarus Leader Accuses Opposition of Trying to 'Seize Power'
Lukashenko warned of "adequate measures" against opposition figures who participated in creation of a Coordination Council.
'Work Is Still Needed'
Council of Europe Urges Russia to Up Anti-Corruption Efforts
Since the Council of Europe's anti-corruption council's last report in 2017, Russia has complied with nine of out of 22 recommendations.
Russian General Killed by 'Explosive Device' in Syria: Agencies
An improvised explosive device went off near a Russian convoy in eastern Syria on Tuesday.
Protesters Rally at Jail Holding Belarus Vote Challenger's Husband
Dozens gathered to mark the 42nd birthday of Sergei Tikhanovsky, who was imprisoned alongside other rivals of Lukashenko.
Norway Arrests Man Suspected of Spying for Russia
Norway's intelligence service said Monday its agents had arrested a Norwegian man suspected of passing sensitive information to Russia.
Mexican President Says Will Get Russian Vaccine if Effective
"In this important matter, there should be no ideologies... health comes first," he said.
Russia Summons Netherlands Diplomat Over Spying Accusations
Russia said "spy equipment" had been discovered in the official car of the Russian military attache in the Netherlands.
Belarus: a Week of Post-Electoral Turmoil
A recap of the dramatic events in the ex-Soviet country since its Aug. 9 election.
leading from exile
Belarus Vote Challenger Tikhanovskaya Says Ready to Be 'National Leader'
She has demanded Lukashenko step down, but it was previously unclear if she was willing to take on the post of president.
Lukashenko Urges Supporters to Defend Belarus Independence
The Belarusian president is facing the greatest challenge to his leadership from a growing protest movement fanned by a brutal police crackdown.
Belarus Strongman Says Putin Ready to 'Help Ensure Security'
President Lukashenko said Saturday that his Russian counterpart Putin has offered full assistance to ensure security in Belarus.
Kremlin Predicts Swift Resolution of Belarus Unrest
The Kremlin said Putin and Lukashenko agreed in a phone call that the "problems" in Belarus would be swiftly resolved.
Russia Produces First Batch of Virus Vaccine: Ministry
Russia said Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine.
Belarus Hands 32 Detained 'Mercenaries' Over to Russia
Russia on Friday announced the safe return of 32 of its citizens after Belarus detained them saying they were mercenaries.
EU Approves Belarus Sanctions
The EU will draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a new round of sanctions in response to the country's post-election crackdown.