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Latvian Decision to Revoke Russian TV Station’s License Sparks Fear, Disbelief
Latvia’s decision Tuesday to withdraw the broadcast license of independent Russian television channel Dozhd caused disbelief and anger among the...
Scarred by War, Returning Russian Soldiers Struggle to Adapt to Civilian Life
After six months of combat with Russia’s 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Ukraine, Alexei Astashov quietly rejoiced when he was discharged from the...
Putin Met With Street Protests on Visit to Armenia
YEREVAN, Armenia — Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted with street demonstrations in the capital of this landlocked South Caucasus nation...
Russian Zookeeper Accused of Stealing Animals From Ukraine’s Kherson Claims Relocation ‘Temporary’
A Russian zookeeper accused of stealing animals from a zoo in Ukraine’s Kherson amid Russian forces’ retreat from the city told The Moscow...
fog of war
‘The Military Betrayed Us’: Desperate Relatives of Russian Draftees Seek Answers
Relatives of Russian draftees on the frontline in Ukraine have been protesting the treatment of their loved ones and accusing local officials of &ldquo...
Deputy Head of Russian-Occupied Kherson Region Dies in Car Crash
Updates with reaction and details. Kirill Stremousov, the vocal deputy head of the Moscow-installed administration in the occupied Kherson region...
‘Propaganda Show’: Russia Struggles to Integrate Annexed Ukrainian Regions
Russia has made little progress in absorbing four partially occupied areas of eastern and southern Ukraine that it annexed with great fanfare in September...
‘I Don’t Trust What They Say’: Russian Draft Dodgers Stay in Hiding Even as Putin Announces Mobilization’s End
Nikita moved to his family’s summer cottage outside the Russian capital to lie low after President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial&rdquo...
close to home
Grief and Fear in Russia as Military Planes Crash Into Civilian Residences
On the night of Oct. 17, the Ischenko family reportedly sat down for dinner in their apartment on the seventh floor of an apartment block in the southern...
Russia Sees Wedding Boom as Draftees Rush to Tie the Knot
Anastasia and Oleg decided to get married the moment Oleg received his draft papers in Russia’s “partial” mobilization announced last...
Anger Mounts as Russian Draftees Thrown Into Battle Without Training, Equipment
Ten days after being mobilized into the Russian army, Igor Puchkov was killed fighting in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region. The 27-year-old...
Russian Cities Scrap New Year Festivities as War Encroaches on Everyday Life
Dozens of Russian cities have canceled or scaled back planned New Year’s Eve celebrations as the war strains local budgets and calls grow for money...
Lines, Delays But Little Panic in Crimea After Bridge Blast
A giant explosion that damaged the Crimean Bridge — a key route between mainland Russia and annexed Crimea — over the weekend has jammed traffic...
Muted Festivities for Putin’s 70th Birthday Amid War, International Isolation
Russian President Vladimir Putin will mark his 70th birthday Friday with little fanfare as the war in Ukraine, which has killed tens of thousands and plunged...
Putin Declares Russia's Annexation of Occupied Ukraine, Lashes Out at West
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on the annexation of four partially occupied Ukrainian regions Friday in a major escalation of Moscow&rsquo...
Pro-Russia ‘Victory’ in Staged Ukraine Referendums Clears Path to Annexation
Moscow-installed election officials in occupied Ukraine claimed overwhelming support Wednesday for unification with Russia in a series of hasty referendums...
rush for the exit
‘Total Chaos’: Russian Mobilization Exodus Accelerates Amid Border Closure Rumors
Muscovite Rodion Logvin decided to flee to the South Caucasus nation of Georgia to avoid being conscripted into the Russian army a few hours after mobilization...
to the front
‘We Just Started Crying’: Call-Up Gains Steam as Russians Receive Draft Papers
Thousands of men across Russia were handed draft papers and NGOs helping conscripts were flooded with requests for help Thursday amid the military mobilization...
‘I Don’t Want to Be Cannon Fodder’: Panic and Fear as Russia Begins Mobilization
Thousands of conscription-age Russian men appeared to be attempting to flee the country Wednesday as others planned how to avoid being sent to the front...
tension in tbilisi
‘We Don’t Want To Serve Occupiers’: Backlash in Georgia Against Russian Emigres
Some Georgian businesses require Russian customers to state they don’t support the invasion of Ukraine.
Silk Road sit-down
‘Uneasy Allies’: Putin and Xi Set to Meet for First Time Since Ukraine War
“It’s important for Putin to show Russia is not isolated from the rest of the world,” said one expert.
regional power vacuum
'Difficult Moment for Russia’ as Fighting Flares Between Armenia and Azerbaijan
“We were hearing the sound of rockets. It was very scary,” said an Armenian living near the border with Azerbaijan.
all at sea
‘Coast Defense Flotilla’: Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Mauled in 200 Days of Ukraine War
In addition to at least 10 naval vessels, the Black Sea Fleet has also suffered manpower losses and seen a large part of its air wing destroyed.
Rising Numbers of Russians Barred From Georgia, Activists Say
“I would not advise other activists to move to Georgia," said one Russian recently not allowed into the South Caucasus country.
Russia Jails Journalist Safronov for 22 Years on Treason Charges
Ivan Safronov denies the accusations of working with Western intelligence and says his prosecution is “directly related to his journalism.”
Assassinations Of Russia-Installed Officials On the Rise in Occupied Ukraine
At least nine shootings, car bombings and poisoning attempts have been reported in the last month.
One Month After 50 Ukrainian PoWs Died, Ex-Inmates Detail Abuse at Olenivka Prison
While the site has been visited by Russian officials and U.S. actor Steven Seagal, no independent investigators have been allowed inside.
'She Died for Russia': Hundreds Mourn Pro-Kremlin Ideologue’s Slain Daughter
Speakers painted Daria Dugina as a martyr who had died for her country amid its war in Ukraine.
‘A Signal to All of Us’: Moscow Blames Kyiv for Killing of Ideologue’s Daughter
"Pro-Kremlin speakers will understand the war is not an abstraction and it threatens them personally,” said one analyst.
rush of applications
Russians Scramble for Visas as EU Mulls Travel Restrictions
"What if the borders are closed and my mother will not be able to visit me?” said one Russian citizen living in Europe.
playing with fire
Explainer: What’s the Risk of Disaster at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant?
Increasing military activity in the area poses dangers not only for critical infrastructure, but also nuclear waste stored at the site.
‘We Need to Get Out of Here’: Fear Grips Annexed Crimea After Airbase Attack
"Many vacationers were trying to find shelter — some people were hiding behind the trees, children were crying," said one eyewitness.
What We Know About the Olenivka Attack That Killed 50 Ukrainian PoWs
While Kyiv says Russia murdered the prisoners, Moscow claims Ukraine targeted its own men.
Fleeing War and Discrimination, LGBT Russians Find Refuge in South Caucasus
Armenia and Georgia are socially conservative societies and LGBT people face legal and social obstacles as well as occasional violence.
Russia Sends Army Recruits to Fight in Ukraine After Just Days of Training
“There was a soldier in our company who didn’t know how a machine gun works," said one recruit sent to the front after five days training.
‘I Was Ready for This’: Russian Journalist Who Protested War On-Air Faces New Charges
Marina Ovsyannikova burst onto a live news broadcast to denounce the Ukraine war. She plans to continue opposing it from within Russia.
Russian Lawmakers Hold Snap Summer Session as War, Economic Issues Loom
The sudden decision to recall parliament less than a week after its spring session ended indicates that an urgent matter is at hand.
long distance weapons
Effectiveness of Ukraine's HIMARS Fuels Concern in Russia
“The Russian air defense systems… turned out to be ineffective against massive strikes by HIMARS missiles,” said one former military commander.
Russian Towns Get Ukrainian ‘Twins’ in PR Drive, Political Deflection Tactic
The Kremlin decided to devolve the responsibility for rebuilding occupied Ukraine to local Russian authorities.
Russian Officials Appointed to Top Posts in Occupied Ukraine
The Kremlin is apparently having difficulty finding Ukrainians who will agree to work with Russian forces.
no let up
Putin Orders Advance to Continue After Russia Takes Ukraine’s Lysychansk
Ukrainian forces pulled back to avoid the risk of encirclement, according to one military analyst.
Russians Urged to Snitch on Ukraine War Critics in Return to Soviet-Style Denunciations
Anti-war dissenters have been denounced by family, neighbors and passersby who are encouraged by official rhetoric.
Russia Hits Out at Norway Over Blocked Arctic Archipelago Access
“Following Norway's actions, the sovereignty of this country over Svalbard is a big question from now on,” one Russian senator said.
Russia Slams 'Provocations,' 'Fakes' in Deadly Ukraine Mall Strike
How Russian officials and state media have reacted to the latest accusations that its forces targeted Ukrainian civilians.
behind the scenes
Pay Raises, More News and Tighter Control: Staff at Russian State TV Work Overtime Amid Ukraine War
On-air protester Marina Ovsyannikova said criticism of her has discouraged other state television employees from quitting.
Pussy Riot Member Barred From Georgia as Russian Activists Face Entry Problems
Despite Georgia being a destination for anti-war Russians, several activists and journalists have faced problems at its border.
nowhere to go
Russian Blogger Stuck at Georgian Border After Fleeing ‘Political’ Terrorism Charges
Human rights advocates have called the terrorism charges against Insa Lander politically motivated.
plugging the gaps
‘It’s Our Way to Protest’: Anti-War Russians Volunteer to Help Ukrainian Refugees
More than a million Ukrainian refugees have crossed into Russia since the start of the war in February.
Pro-War ‘Z-Banners’ Disappear in Some Russian Cities
“It might be some kind of rebranding. The war has clearly stalled," said one political analyst.