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Telegram Messenger Blocks Navalny Bot During Russian Election
The decision further restricts access to Alexei Navalny's Smart Voting system, following Apple and Google takedowns of his app.
'Accepted with delight'
Putin to Attend 2022 Beijing Olympics — Minister
Putin's appearance comes as Moscow remains under penalties for state-sponsored doping.
Employees of Russia E-Retail Giant Wildberries Go On Strike
Workers are denouncing a drop in wages at the company run by the country's richest woman, Tatyana Bakalchuk.
'Patriotic civic position'
Putin Urges Russians to Vote After Critics Barred From Election
Putin's United Russia party is widely expected to retain its majority in the lower house State Duma after the election.
Russia Says No Talks With Mali on Military Ties
French sources said earlier that Mali was nearing a deal with the secretive Russian firm Wagner to hire nearly 1,000 mercenaries.
Russian Soyuz Rocket Launches 34 New U.K. Satellites
The operation was the sixth launch of satellites from British operator OneWeb this year.
SECURITY COUNCIL DEADLOCK
Russia Blocks Extension of UN Mission to Libya – Diplomatic Sources
Moscow, which has veto-wielding power, did not approve the language in a resolution on the withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries.
Ukraine Says Soldier Killed by Separatists in Fresh Fighting
Fighting has picked up in the east of the country and the latest death was the fourth Ukrainian soldier killed in three days.
call for cooperation
Russia Calls for Anti-Terror Cooperation With U.S. on 9/11
Dialogue would benefit the "security and prosperity of not just Russia and the U.S., but all of humanity," Russia's ambassador said.
Russia Summons U.S. Ambassador Over 'Election Interference'
Russia's foreign ministry has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Moscow over the U.S. tech giants' alleged interference in the Russian elections.
Russia, Belarus Agree to Deepen Economic Integration
Putin and Lukashenko announced a deal at integration talks in Moscow.
Russia's Hermitage to Sell Digital Art as NFT Tokens
The Hermitage will bring out a limited series of NFTs, including a digital copy of Leonardo da Vinci's "Madonna Litta."
Chechnya Offers Cash for Best Portrait of Strongman Kadyrov
Artists who create the best portraits of Ramzan Kadyrov, his father and his mother will each be awarded $6,800, an official said.
Russian Court Jails Navalny Protester for 3 Years
According to the prosecutors, Ilya Pershin hit a policeman at a January protest in central St. Petersburg.
Russian Trolls Targeting Western Media: U.K. Research
Researchers said 32 major Western news outlets are being hijacked by pro-Russian trolls to spread pro-Kremlin disinformation.
'we know they're lying'
Families Slam ‘Corrupt’ Russia at MH17 Crash Trial
The families of 298 people killed in the downing of flight MH17 demanded justice from Russia in the Dutch trial.
Russia Plans to Boost Separatist Support, Says Ukraine
Ukraine's accusation comes after Moscow refused to extend the mandate of international observers stationed on the border.
Putin Hopes Afghanistan’s Taliban Will Be ‘Civilized'
"Russia is not interested in the disintegration of Afghanistan," Putin said.
'criminal liability foreseen'
Russia Accuses Google, Apple of Election Interference
Russia said the tech giants' refusal to remove Navalny's app ahead of elections could be seen as interference in its domestic affairs.
State of Russia’s ISS Segment Sparks Safety Concerns
Some 80% of the inflight systems on Russia's segment have reached the end of their service period, a Russian space official said.
Putin Gives Cash to Police, Soldiers Ahead of Polls
The president is seeking to bolster support for his unpopular United Russia party ahead of parliamentary elections next month.
Swiss Snub Russia Request to Extradite Alleged Inside-Trader
Vladislav Klyushin is already fighting extradition to the United States over suspicions of large-scale insider trading.
Gazprom Profits Leap in Second Quarter
Global demand for Gazprom's natural gas has bounced back following the pandemic.
Moscow Welcomes Macron's Call for Kabul 'Safe Zone'
Macron's comments came as international efforts to airlift foreign national and vulnerable Afghans come to an end.
Russians Fined for Protest in Support of Afghan Women
The two activists were fined 200,000 rubles ($2,670) each for "violating public order."
Selling the valuables
Belarusian Athlete Auctions Off Medal for $21,000
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya sought refuge in Poland after she said her team tried to forcibly fly her home from the Tokyo Olympics.
Russian Journalists Demand End to Crackdown on Media
The outcry comes after Russia slapped several media outlets and individual journalists with the "foreign agent" label.
Kremlin ‘Condemns’ Deadly Kabul Attacks
"Unfortunately, the pessimistic forecasts ... are being confirmed," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Russia Fines U.S. Web Giants for Breaching Data Storage Law
The penalties come as authorities ramp up control of the Russian segment of the internet.
Russia to Supply Weapons to Afghanistan’s Neighbors
Countries in ex-Soviet Central Asia, where Moscow holds military bases, have raised concerns over the Taliban sweeping to power.
interview from inside
Russia Critic Navalny Gives First Interview From Jail
Alexei Navalny compared life behind bars to a Chinese labor camp, saying he is forced to watch eight hours of state television a day.
Putin, Xi Agree to Jointly Combat Afghanistan ‘Threats'
The two leaders also spoke of the "importance of establishing peace" in Afghanistan and "preventing the spread of instability," the Kremlin said.
between europe and asia
Wildfires in Russia Spread to Central Regions
Fires this year have torn through more than 173,000 square kilometers, making it the second-worst season since the turn of the century.
Putin Vows Funds Boost to Protect Russian Forests From Fires
Putin, a former prominent climate-change skeptic, said the nation must learn from the "unprecedented" wildfires.
Russia Accuses U.S. of Forcing Afghans on Central Asia
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that U.S. forces are "pawning off" Afghans fleeing the Taliban to Moscow's allies in Central Asia.
race to the moon
Russia Postpones Lunar Mission Over ‘Problems During Testing'
The Luna-25 mission to the Moon's south pole aims to probe ice deposits there.
Ukraine Blocks Access to Popular Russian News Sites
The Kremlin criticized the move, describing Ukraine as being on a path towards "strangling freedom of speech."
Ukraine Eyes 'Guarantees' From Merkel in Farewell Visit
Volodymyr Zelenskiy hopes the German Chancellor will bring Kiev a Russian promise to maintain gas transit fees for Ukraine.
U.K., U.S. Sanction Seven More Russians for Navalny Poisoning
The individuals are all members of Russia's domestic security service the FSB, successor to the KGB.
Moscow Satanist Couple Accused of Ritual Killings
The Investigative Committee is pursuing charges of murder and drug trafficking.
Russia Fines Google for Not Removing Illegal Content
Russia has been taking legal action against foreign tech companies for not deleting content banned by the authorities.
Iran Says Ready to Work With Russia, China on Afghanistan 'Peace'
Iran's President Raisi expressed readiness for "any cooperation for establishing peace and calm in Afghanistan" to Russian President Putin.
Belarus Brands Group Who Claimed to Hack Interior Ministry 'Extremist'
Belarus court has declared a group of hackers who claim to have carried out a massive hack on the interior ministry attacking Lukashenko's regime to be...
Belarus Targets News Agency in Ongoing Crackdown
In the wake of last year's historic protests, Belarus has sought to eradicate any remaining pockets of dissent.
learn from history
U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan Was a ‘Bad Idea’: Gorbachev
The former Soviet leader ended the U.S.S.R.'s decade-long war in Afghanistan in 1989.
Russia Sees Kabul ‘Stabilizing,’ Taliban ‘Restoring Order'
Moscow claimed the Taliban had vowed to "guarantee the safety of local people," despite thousands of Afghans trying to flee from the militants.
Russia Jails 4 Crimean Tatars for Extremism
Russian rights group Memorial described the defendants as "political prisoners."
Luxembourg Denies License for Russia's RT German Channel
RT's request to license a German-language channel in Luxembourg has been refused, authorities said.
Russia Says No Plan to Evacuate Kabul Embassy
The Taliban have promised not to attack the Russian embassy, said officials.
Russia Says Emergency UN Meeting on Afghanistan is Planned
Russia has called for an emergency UN meeting over the Taliban's imminent seizure of Kabul.
Moscow Denies BBC Reporter's Expulsion Is Media Crackdown
Rainsford, one of the BBC's long-serving Moscow correspondents, was told she would have to leave the country when her current visa expires in August.
Russian Economy Rebounds in Second Quarter
GDP grew by 10.3% compared to the same period last year.
Rosneft Profit Up on Higher Oil Prices
The state-controlled company reported a second-quarter net profit 55% higher than that of the first quarter.
Ukraine Sends Barbed Wire to Lithuania for Belarus Border
Lithuania accuses Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko of deliberately encouraging unauthorized arrivals of migrants in retaliation for sanctions.
Facebook Closes Russia-Based Coronavirus ‘Disinformation Laundromat’
The social media giant shut down an ambitious attempt to use influencers to spread hoaxes about Covid-19 vaccines which was operated out of Russia.
Russia Wraps Up War Games Near Afghan Border
Russia completed military exercises with its Central Asian allies Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Oxygen Failure at Russian Coronavirus Hospital Leaves 9 Dead
A ruptured pipe at a hospital in Vladikavkaz cut off vital oxygen supplies to critically ill Covid-19 patients.
Belarus Leader Hits Out as U.S., U.K. Levy New Sanctions
London pointed to "the continued undermining of democracy and human rights violations" by Belarus' leaders.
Chechen Gets Life Term for Killing Dissident in Austria
A Chechen man was handed a life sentence in Austria after being convicted of murdering a Chechen dissident.
Belarus Olympic Body Vows to Protect Delegation From 'Discrimination'
Two Belarus coaches were stripped of Olympic passes over their alleged attempt to force an athlete to return home.
Russia-Led Drills Begin on Afghanistan Border
The joint exercises near the Tajik border with Afghanistan involve 2,500 troops from Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Russia Promises To Solve Sputnik V Delivery Delays
Several Latin American countries that have relied on the Russian vaccine have complained to Moscow about delivery delays.
OSCE Says Will Not Monitor Russian Duma Elections
Russia said the election-monitoring body could send only 60 observers for the September nationwide vote.
Belarus to Probe 'Murder' of Iraqi Man on Lithuania Border
Lithuanian officials suspect Lukashenko's regime of orchestrating an unprecedented influx of illegal migrants in retaliation for EU sanctions.
U.S., Russia Clash Over Embassy Staff Levels Again
Argument over staffing levels at embassies continues after U.S. forced to lay off almost 200 staff across Russia.
Ex-President Brought Back to Kyrgyzstan in Graft Probe – Gov't
It was unclear how Askar Akayev had been brought to Bishkek after 16 years living in exile in Russia.
U.S. Swimmer Accuses Russia's Rylov of Doping in Olympics Row
The American claimed he was "swimming in a race that's probably not clean," sparking an angry denial from Moscow.
Ruling Deferred in Abramovich Libel Case Over Putin Book
The judge told the High Court in London after two days of preliminary legal arguments that she planned to issue a judgment in October.
Russia's Nauka Science Module Docks With ISS
Russia's laboratory module Nauka on Thursday successfully docked with the International Space Station after more than a decade of delays.
Russia Fines Google For Breaching Data Storage Law
This is the first time the U.S. company has been penalized for breaching a controversial law requiring the data of Russian users to be stored inside Russia...
Oleg Baklanov, Last Soviet Coup Plotter, Dies
Baklanov was one of a group of hardline communists unhappy with Gorbachev's liberal reforms who led an unsuccessful coup attempt in August 1991.
Russia Says Navalny Social Media Accounts Should Be Blocked
Earlier this week Roskomnadzor blocked 49 websites linked to the jailed Kremlin critic including his main website navalny.com as well as those of Navalny's...
Central Asian Ally
Russia to Boost Tajikistan Army Amid Afghanistan 'Deterioration'
Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will hold joint military drills next week near Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan.
Biden Accuses Russia of Trying to Disrupt 2022 Elections
The U.S. leader expressed concern about the recent increase in cyberattacks.
Guatemala Cancels Order for Russian Vaccines
The delay sparked criticism of the government and calls for an investigation.
Russian Women Win Olympics Gymnastics Team Final After Biles Exit
The U.S. team withdrew Biles from the final after a disappointing opening vault and Russia went on to beat the champions.
Navalny Calls on Russians to Mobilize After Sites Blocked
Russia's media regulator has barred 49 websites linked to Navalny as pressure mounts ahead of September parliamentary elections.
Moscow Hopes U.S. 'Serious' in Seeking Dialogue in New Talks
The two countries will hold the talks on Wednesday in Geneva in a new bid to encourage stability in the tense relationship.
Russia Eyes Free-Trade Zone on Islands Disputed by Japan
Japan issued a protest over Prime Minister Mishustin's visit to the Kuril Islands.
Putin Warns of 'Lethal' Strikes at Russian Warship Parade
The Russian leader's boast comes days after military officials announced tests of advanced new weapons.
cold war ally
Russia Sends Aid to Cuba After Anti-Government Protests
The cargo included food, personal protective equipment and more than 1 million medical masks.
Karpin Takes Over as Russia Football Manager
Karpin's predecessor was sacked after Russia was eliminated in the group stage of Euro 2020.
U.S., Russia to Hold New Talks to Encourage Stability
The so-called Strategic Stability Dialogue will take place July 28 amid U.S-Russian tensions on multiple fronts.
Putin, Merkel 'Satisfied' With Near Completion of Nord Stream 2
The $12-billion pipeline is set to double Russian gas supplies to Germany but has been fiercely opposed by the U.S. and other European countries.
Russia Unveils Stealth Fighter Jet to Compete With F-35s
The jet is described as a fifth-generation light single-engine fighter jet that incorporates "innovative solutions" including artificial intelligence.
Russian Tanks Move to Afghan Border Ahead of Drills
The troops will practice tasks of ensuring "the territorial integrity of Central Asian states," the Defense Ministry said.
Russia to Hold Central Asia Army Drills Near Afghan Border
Russia said it will stage military drills next month with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan near Afghanistan's border where the Taliban has led a lightning offensive...
Russia Test Fires Tsirkon Hypersonic Cruise Missile
The Tsirkon is part of an arsenal of futuristic weapons which Moscow hopes will give it the edge in any arms race with the United States.
'We were waiting for this'
Belarus Jails Students and Raids Media in Crackdown
Authorities in the ex-Soviet country are in the midst of a months-long effort to crush Belarus's remaining pockets of dissent.
Russia Says U.S. Mission in Afghanistan Has Failed
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the U.S. of creating instability in the region with its "hasty withdrawal."
Demonstration of Power
Russia Holds Military Drills in Tajikistan Amid Taliban Offensive
Moscow is closely watching the offensive, concerned about the security of countries in ex-Soviet Central Asia where it maintains military bases.
time for teamwork
Putin Says Russia, U.S. Have 'Common Interests' on Climate Change
The comments on a rare point of cooperation come after Putin met U.S. President Joe Biden for historic talks last month.
Russia-Based Ransomware Gang Goes Offline, Prompting Questions
REvil's disappearance sparked speculation about whether the move was the result of a government-led action.
Russia Says India Will Produce 300M Sputnik V Doses Each Year
The CEO of Russia's sovereign wealth fund described the deal as "a major step" that would increase Sputnik V production capabilities.
'stakes could not be higher'
U.S., Russia Say Will Cooperate on Climate
Climate change is one of the few areas in which the U.S. and the EU have said they are ready to engage with Russia amid high tensions.
Sudan Lawmakers to Review Russian Navy Base Deal – FM
The 25-year agreement for the Russian Navy outpost had been brokered by Sudan's now-ousted leader.
Cold War Rhetoric
Russia Warns Against 'Outside Interference' After Cuba Protests
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova did not explain who might be trying to interfere in Cuba, but the warning appeared directed at the U.S.
Nord Stream 2 Chief Says Pipeline Will be Finished This Summer
Despite the threat of U.S. sanctions, company hopes gas will start flowing through the pipeline this year.
Russia Sets Latest Pandemic High for Coronavirus Deaths
Russia reported 752 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, a national record of pandemic-related fatalities over a 24-hour period.
Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 3 Wounded as Tension Mounts
The Ukrainian army said that one soldier had been killed and three others wounded in the country's pro-Russian separatist east.