Putin ripped by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt for comparing his jailed political rivals to pro-Trump rioters

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday deflected criticism over the jailing of political rival Alexei Navalny by pointing out that many Trump supporters who rioted at the United States Capitol building on January 6th were also facing jail time. MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt responded incredulously to Putin’s effort to draw equivalency between the Russian government and […]

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Allies of Russia’s Navalny defiant in face of possible extremism charges

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Close allies of jailed Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic, pledged on Sunday to continue their actions despite the prospect of being outlawed under extremism charges. Moscow City Court is expected to rule in a few days on a request from a Moscow prosecutor to officially outlaw the backbone […]

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Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny to stage nationwide protests over his health

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) -Allies of jailed and hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said they plan what they hope will be the largest street protests in modern Russian history on Wednesday to highlight Navalny’s declining health and a crackdown on his supporters. “Things are developing too quickly and too badly,” they […]

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Trudeau says Putin behind ‘terrible things,’ skirts killer label

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday Vladimir Putin is responsible for “terrible things,” but wouldn’t go so far as US President Joe Biden in calling the Russian leader a “killer.” Trudeau, unaccustomed to criticizing other world leaders in public, was questioned during an interview on SiriusXM radio’s The Bridge with Peter Mansbridge about Biden’s […]

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Kremlin shrugs off impact of U.S./EU sanctions, but pledges retaliation

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Wednesday played down the impact of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over Moscow’s treatment of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, but said it would retaliate with reciprocal measures. In President Joe Biden’s most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin, the United States on Tuesday imposed […]

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Biden administration slaps new sanctions on Russia for poisoning of Alexei Navalny

The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it will be slapping Russia with a fresh round of economic sanctions over its poisoning and imprisoning of dissident leader Alexei Navalny. According to the Washington Post, “the sanctions block access to financial or other assets in the United States for top figures around Russian President Vladimir Putin.” […]

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Russia suspects policeman in new data leak case over Navalny poisoning

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has identified a policeman as a suspect in a criminal investigation into a flight data leak that could have been used to out jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s alleged poisoners, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday. Investigators suspect a police major in St Petersburg of accessing an official database and selling […]

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Only ‘language of power’ and sanctions can free Navalny, ally says

By Andrius Sytas VILNIUS (Reuters) – Russia would only consider releasing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny if its leadership was hit with painful personal sanctions, a close ally said ahead of a meeting with European policymakers in Brussels on Sunday. European foreign ministers are expected to agree on Monday to impose sanctions on allies of Russian […]

By jailing Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin may turn him into an even more potent opposition symbol

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was today sentenced to two years, eight months in a prison colony for violating the probation terms of a suspended sentence on a 2014 conviction, which he claims was politically motivated. This comes on the heels of a second weekend of unauthorised protests in which thousands of Russians took to […]

D-day for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as Russian court considers longer jail term

By Maria Tsvetkova and Polina Nikolskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court convened on Tuesday to consider jailing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for up to three and a half years in a case that has sparked nationwide protests and talk of new Western sanctions. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics, was arrested […]

Navalny’s arrest is effort to ‘silence’ him, Amnesty says

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s detention upon arrival at a Moscow airport is “further evidence that Russian authorities are seeking to silence him,” Amnesty International’s Moscow office director said late Sunday. “His detention only highlights the need to investigate his allegations that he was poisoned by state agents acting on orders from the highest levels,” said […]

Russia rules out Navalny poisoning, diagnoses pancreatitis

Russian officials said on Friday that metabolic problems and pancreatitis caused Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to fall ill in August, ruling out findings by European labs that he was poisoned with Novichok. In August, the 44-year-old anti-graft campaigner collapsed on a flight from Siberia to Moscow and was eventually transferred for treatment to Germany where […]

France, Germany seek Russia sanctions over Alexei Navalny poisoning

Germany and France on Wednesday directly accused Russia of “involvement and responsibility” in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, announcing that they will seek EU sanctions over the case. Moscow quickly hit back that the accusations were “unacceptable” and amounted to “blackmail”. The European powers have repeatedly asked Moscow to shed light on the […]

Chemical weapons watchdog confirms banned nerve agent Novichok in Navalny’s blood

Blood samples taken from Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny confirmed the presence of a nerve agent in the banned Novichok family, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Tuesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement that the biomarkers in his blood and urine had “similar structural characteristics as the […]

Navalny accuses Putin of being behind his poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused President Vladimir Putin of being behind his poisoning, in his first interview published since he left the German hospital where he was treated. “I assert that Putin is behind this act, I don’t see any other explanation,” he told the German weekly Der Spiegel, which published extracts from […]