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Russian F1 Driver Loses Latest Fight Against Sanctions
Nikita Mazepin has lost the latest round of his High Court battle after being subjected to sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.
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Russia’s Memorial Rights Group Co-Chair on Trial Over Ukraine Criticism
Oleg Orlov, who faces up to five years in jail, said he stood by his words but held no illusions on the outcome of the trial.
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Two Killed in Shelling in Russian Border Regions – Officials
The regional governor of Belgorod said there were fresh attacks, a day after dozens of strikes.
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Drones Damage Building In Russia’s Pskov Region – Governor
Two drones damaged an administration building of an oil pipeline in Russia's western Pskov region, the regional governor said Saturday. The explosion...
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Moscow Miffed as Ukraine Wins WHO Executive Berth
Ten countries joined the board for a three-year term but Russia tried to exclude Ukraine, which it invaded 15 months ago.
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Brazil’s Lula Turns Down Putin Invitation to Visit Russia
The refusal came just days after a spat between Lula and Zelensky at the G7 summit in Japan.
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Wagner Chief Claims Complete Capture of Bakhmut
The head of Russia's Wagner mercenary group on Saturday claimed the complete capture of the east Ukrainian town of Bakhmut.
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Russia Bans Entry to 500 U.S. Nationals Including Obama
Russia said it blacklisted senators, congressmen and members of think tanks "involved in the spread of Russophobic attitudes and fakes" and the heads of...
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Russia Again Denies Consular Access to Arrested U.S. Journalist
Moscow said Friday it had again denied a consular visit to arrested U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich after Washington refused visas to some Russian journalists...
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supply chain blockage
Russian Economy Pressured as Hundreds More Added to U.S. Blacklist
The new sanctions took particular aim at the firms and research institutes involved in Moscow's investments into future energy production.
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Any Ukraine Peace Talks Should Be About 'New World Order' – Lavrov
The top Russian diplomat was in Turkey — which has retained ties with both Moscow and Kyiv — to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart.
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Three Leading Grain Exporters to Quit Russia by July
Distributors Cargill, Louis Dreyfus (LDC), and Viterra all plan to leave Russia by the summer.
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Russia Adopts New Global Strategy to Curtail Western 'Dominance'
The new strategy appears to view the deterioration of Moscow's relations with the West as a long-term geopolitical reality.
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U.S. Envoy: Russia 'Should Not Be' Permanent Security Council Member
The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has said Russia "should not be" a permanent member of the Security Council.
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IAEA Head Arrives at Russian-Occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant
International Atomic Energy Agency head Rafael Grossi arrived at Europe's largest nuclear power plant Wednesday.
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Russian Navy Fires Anti-Ship Missiles at Mock Targets in Sea of Japan
Russia's Defence Ministry announced that its navy had fired test anti-ship missiles at mock targets in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday.
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Expansion of Russia's Payment Faces 'Difficulties'
Russia is pushing for countries to adopt its domestic-made Mir payment system as a way to work around sanctions.
Putin to Land in India With Eye on Military, Energy Ties
The visit is Putin's second overseas trip since the pandemic.
Source for Dossier Tying Trump 2016 to Russia Arrested
The dossier, a compendium of raw intelligence reports, sparked strong concerns that Trump could be beholden to Moscow.
WHO Set to Restart Russian Sputnik Vaccine Analysis
Sputnik V's approval process was suspended following a series of problems with the dossier.
U.S. Says Russians 'Prevented' From Exercising Rights in Election
The U.S. State Department cast doubt Monday on the integrity of Russia's parliamentary election.
Russia Fines Booking.com $17Mln For 'Abusing' Dominant Position
The move comes as Russia ratchets up pressure against Western tech companies.
Russia Says All 8 Die in Water-Bomber Plane Crash in Turkey
Ankara and Moscow announced that all eight people on the Russian plane had perished on the fire-fighting mission.
Putin Alarmed Over 'Unprecedented' Natural Disasters in Russia
Putin on Saturday said the scale of natural disasters that have hit Russia this year has been "absolutely unprecedented".
BBC Journalist Says Won't Be Allowed Back to Russia
The BBC's Moscow correspondent said Saturday she was told by the Russian authorities that she "can't ever come back to Russia"
UN Aviation Body to Meet Over Belarus Plane Diversion
The ICAO, of which Belarus is a member, said that it was "strongly concerned by the apparent forced landing."
Russian Police Break Up Opposition Meeting
Elected opposition figures had gathered to discuss their strategy ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for September.
good to go
Russian Euro 2020 Organizers 'Not Afraid' of Coronavirus
St. Petersburg has reopened a hospital for Covid patients, but the city insists it can safely hold seven Euro 2020 matches.
back to normal?
Kremlin Critic Navalny Says Found 'Recipe for Happiness' in Prison
In an update that came as Russia moves to outlaw his movement, Navalny said he has successfully eased out of his hunger strike.
Russia to Measure Radioactivity at Sunk Nuclear Sub
The Komsomolets submersible has been leaking radioactive fuel into the Norwegian Sea for more than 30 years.
Ukraine Denounces Russian 'Suppression' of Crimean Tatars
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba made the comments on the 77th anniversary of the deportation of the minority group under Joseph Stalin.
Russia Warns West Against Arctic Encroachment Ahead of Talks
"Let me emphasize once again — this is our land and our waters," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Rollout Begins in India
India on Friday started inoculating its population with Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developers said.
Eye for an eye
Putin Vows Response After Ally Probed for Treason in Ukraine
On Thursday, a court in Ukraine placed Medvedchuk on house arrest until July 9.
Back in Black
Russian Oil Giant Rosneft Back in Black as Prices Recover
Russian oil giant Rosneft said Friday that its earnings were back in the black in the first quarter after oil prices recovered following Moscow's production...
Skipped a Beat
Belarusian Drummer Jailed for 6 Years Over Protests
Alexei Sanchuk was charged after his band performed at last year's mass protests demanding the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko.
Russia's Lavrov Calls for Urgent Middle East Quartet Meeting
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday called for an urgent meeting of the Middle East Quartet in order to halt violence between Israel and...
Slovakia to Start Sputnik Jabs in June
Slovakia's health minister said Wednesday that the EU member would start offering Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in June.
U.S. Halts Consular Services in Russia After Diplomatic Row
Russia earlier this year banned U.S. diplomatic missions from employing non-Americans, forcing the embassy to reduce its "consular workforce by 75%."
U.S. Says 'Russia-Based' Group DarkSide Behind Pipeline Hack
President Biden said a Russia-based group was behind the ransomware attack that shut down the largest oil pipeline in the eastern U.S.
Russia Expels Romanian Diplomat in Reciprocal Move
The move comes in response to Bucharest's decision last month to remove Russia's deputy military attache from the country.
Russian Jailed for Spying in Denmark
Moscow called the trial a "witch hunt" and an example of "anti-Russia hysteria."
Russia Urges No 'Escalation of Violence' in Jerusalem
Russia condemned attacks on civilians after violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
Biden Says 'Hope and Expectation' for Putin Meeting in June
A summit has not been confirmed but a Putin advisor has said planning is underway.
Kyrgyzstan Says Ceasefire With Tajikistan Holding After Clashes
A spokesman for Kyrgyzstan's national security committee described the border as "quiet, peaceful, calm."
5 Girl Basketball Players Killed in Russian Road Crash
The team was going from the city of Volgograd to a tournament in Cherkessk when the accident happened.
Russia-Brazil Spat Erupts Over Sputnik Vaccine Snub
Brazil refused to import Sputnik V. Russia has threatened to sue the regulator.
Navalny Ally Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison For Reposting Music Video
A Russian court sentenced said Andrei Borovikov on pornography charges for reposting a Rammstein music video on social media.
Brazil Says Russian Covid Vaccine Carried Live Cold Virus
Tainted batches of Sputnik V sent to Brazil carried a live version of a common cold-causing virus, according to the country's health regulator.
Putin Says Prague's Accusations Against Russia 'Absurd': Kremlin
Tensions have escalated between the two countries after Prague accused Russian military intelligence earlier this month.
Russia Orders Navalny Group to Suspend Activities
Navalny's office in Moscow said the group will "no longer be able to work" as usual.
persona non grata
Russia Expels Ukrainian Diplomat in Ongoing Spat
The diplomat, who was not named, must leave Russia by the end of April.
Russia Expels Italian Diplomat in a Tit-For-Tat Move: Ministry
Rome said that the Russian expulsion of the Italian diplomat was "unjust".
Romania to Expel Russian Diplomat in Solidarity with Prague
Romania became the latest European country to expel a Russian diplomat on Monday.
Ukraine Marks 35 Years Since Chernobyl Disaster
The fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986.
Russia Launches New Batch of U.K. Telecom Satellites Into Space
A Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia's Far East on Monday.
Baltic States Expel Four Russian Diplomats
The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania said Friday they were expelling a total of four Russian diplomats in solidarity with the Czech Republic...
Putin Announces Non-Working Period in May to Prevent Virus Surge
Putin on Friday backed a proposal to introduce a non-working period in early May to prevent a surge in coronavirus infections.
Russia Begins Drawdown of Troops From Ukraine's Border
Russia on Friday began withdrawing troops that had been running drills near the borders of Ukraine, the defense ministry said.
life and death
Navalny's Doctors Urge Him to 'Immediately' End Hunger Strike
Navalny's health has been failing since he declared a hunger strike on March 31 to demand proper medical care for a range of ailments.
Putin Offers to Meet Ukraine President in Moscow 'Any Time'
"If President Zelensky wants to start repairing relations, then we of course welcome it," Putin told journalists.
Slovakia Expels Three Russian Diplomats — PM
Slovakia's decision comes amid a diplomatic rift between neighboring Czechia and Moscow.
Putin Says Russia Fulfilling Obligations to Fight Climate Change
"Russia is approaching with complete responsibility its fulfillment of international obligations in this area," Putin told the climate summit.
No Big Deal
Kremlin Downplays Pro-Navalny Rallies After Nearly 1,800 Detained
The Kremlin on Thursday downplayed opposition protests in support of Alexei Navalny that saw nearly 1,800 people detained across Russia.
Russian Army Says Killed 'Up to 200 Militants' in Syria Bombing
The fighters were planning attacks ahead of presidential polls next month, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Russia Probes YouTube for 'Abusing' Dominant Position – Regulator
The move comes as Russia ramps up pressure on foreign tech platforms.
Russia, Ukraine Expel Diplomats as Tensions Soar
The detention of a Ukrainian consul in St. Petersburg comes at a time of global concern of a repeat of Moscow's 2014 aggression.
Russia to Close Parts of Black Sea for 6 Months
The move was swiftly condemned by Ukraine and the EU.
act of solidarity
Poland Expels Three Russian Diplomats Over 'Hostile Actions'
Poland's move is the latest show of support for the U.S. after Britain summoned the Russian ambassador earlier in the day.
Russia's Yandex to Launch Rapid Delivery in France
The "Russian Google" is also gearing up to start operations in London.
UK Summons Russian Ambassador Over 'Malign Activity'
The move comes just hours after fresh sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats were announced by the U.S.
Russian Intelligence Calls U.S. Cyber Attack Claims 'Nonsense'
"Reading this nonsense is an occupation of little interest," the SVR said of the U.S. executive order.
a warm welcome
Armenia Says Wants More Russian Troops on Its Soil
"The Armenian-Russian military alliance is pivotal for ensuring Armenia's security," Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said.
Growing Russia-Ukraine Tensions: A Timeline
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia, have intensified dramatically since the start of the year.
Biden Warns Putin on Ukraine, Proposes U.S.-Russia Summit
In a phone call, U.S. President Joe Biden urged Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to ease mounting tensions with Ukraine.
Russia Detains 2 After Huge St. Petersburg Fire
Investigators said that building management "knew for a fact" that the premises could not be operated.
Russia Space Chief Blasts U.S. for Omitting Gagarin in Post
"A**holes. Superpowers do not behave that way," Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin wrote.
Kremlin Says Not Moving Toward War With Ukraine
In recent weeks fighting has intensified between Ukraine's army and pro-Russian separatists controlling two regions in the country's east.
'OUR COMMON REGION'
Ukraine-Russia Crisis Must be Resolved Peacefully – Erdogan
Erdogan said Turkey aims "to ensure the Black Sea remains a sea of peace and cooperation."
Russian Agents Raid Home of Investigative Journalist
"What is happening now to Roman Anin is a story of revenge," his colleagues said.
Navalny Supporters Jailed For Penal Colony Protest
The supporters had gathered outside the colony on Tuesday to demand access to the jailed Kremlin critic.
Germany's Bavaria Plans to Buy Sputnik V Vaccine
The southern state will receive 2.5 million doses of the vaccine once it is approved by EU regulators.
Russia Warns Could Block Zoom If It Prohibits Government Use
The U.S. platform could be replaced by Russia's Sferum video-conferencing system, officials say.
Russian Director Pulls Film From Festival Over Navalny Nomination
He denounced the award given to Navalny's "journalistic project that one can consider a political act but can in no way be judged through the lens" of...
Russia Hails 'Successful' Start to Talks to Save Iran Nuclear Deal
Russia said talks aimed at salvaging an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme got off to a "successful" start on Tuesday.
Navalny Says Continuing Hunger Strike Despite Cough, Fever
Navalny went on a hunger strike last week after complaining of inadequate medical treatment.
Ukraine Denies Killing of Child in Attack on Separatists
Russian investigators accuse Ukraine of violating legislation aiming to protect civilians in times of war.
Austria in Talks to Buy 1M Sputnik V Doses
Austria launched the talks to buy Russia's coronavirus vaccine despite it not yet being approved by EU regulators.
Chinese Firm to Make 60M Doses of Russia's Sputnik Vaccine
The amount of vaccine produced will be enough to vaccinate some 30 million people, Sputnik V's backers said.
Armenia PM to Resign Ahead of Snap Election to Defuse Crisis
Political unrest erupted in the Caucasus country after Pashinyan signed a Russian-brokered ceasefire with Azerbaijan.
'Russian Hackers' Again Target German MPs — Report
Hackers used phishing emails to access the computers of federal and regional lawmakers.
Ukraine Says 4 Soldiers Killed in Separatist Shelling
16 Ukrainian servicemen have now been killed since fresh fighting broke out in February.
Russia Sees Record High Average Temperatures in 2020: Institute
Russia in 2020 saw record high average temperatures and a record drop of summer ice cover on its Arctic maritime route
Navalny in 'Strong' Pain, Team Fears for His Life: Lawyer
"Everyone is afraid for his life and health," lawyer Olga Mikhailova said in remarks on Dozhd television.
To Infinity and Beyond
Russia Launches More UK Telecom Satellites into Space
The Soyuz-2.1b rocket with British communication satellites launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome on Thursday morning.
Russian Deputies Back Law to Prolong Putin's Rule
The bill officially resets the number of terms served by current and former presidents.
French Police Seek Russian Consulate Employee Over Bike Thefts
A Russian citizen is suspected of selling dozens of stolen bikes while on the job.
Norway Blocks Sale of Rolls-Royce Engine Maker to Russian Group
NATO member warns sale would have strengthened Russia’s military capacity and would be contrary to Norway’s security interests.
Empire Strikes Back
Kremlin Critic Navalny Says Prison Like Being a 'Stormtrooper'
Alexei Navalny compared his daily routine in prison to that of a stormtrooper in Star Wars in an Instagram post on Monday.
Indian Firm to Make 200M Doses of Russia's Sputnik V
The deal marks the second agreement between Sputnik V's developer and Indian drug manufacturers in a week.