Russia investigates top rights lawyer defending Kremlin critic Navalny’s group

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russia has opened a criminal investigation against one of the country’s top human rights lawyers who is defending jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) in an extremism case. Security forces searched and briefly detained Ivan Pavlov on Friday before bringing him in for questioning again. Pavlov, 50, is […]

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US envoy to Russia to fly back for consultations

MOSCOW (Reuters) -U.S. ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan said on Tuesday he would travel to the United States this week for consultations, four days after the Kremlin suggested that Washington recall him amid a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Russia recalled its own ambassador to Washington last month after U.S. President Joe Biden said […]

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Putin’s troop build-up along Ukraine border is bigger than when he invaded Crimea: Pentagon

Moscow’s military build-up on the border with Ukraine is even bigger than in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, describing the deployment as “very seriously concerning.” While the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell cited a figure of 150,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border, before his own services scaled […]

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Russia’s mystery duo back in the spotlight accused of black ops

In 2018, after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal was found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, Britain said it had identified two Russian agents seen wandering through the sleepy English town. Their faces soon became recognisable worldwide after the UK authorities released CCTV footage and identified them as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. […]

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Russia moves Alexei Navalny to prison hospital amid outcry over Kremlin critic’s health

Russia’s penitentiary service on Monday said it was transferring ailing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to prison hospital, as the EU warned it would hold Moscow “responsible” for the state of his health. The United States on Sunday threatened Russia with “consequences” if President Vladimir Putin’s major domestic opponent—who is on hunger strike—dies in jail after […]

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Putin to decide on counter sanctions against Washington, says Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would decide what counter sanctions to impose on Washington, a day after U.S. President Joe Biden hit Moscow with an array of punitive measures, but gave no indication of timing. The U.S. government on Thursday blacklisted Russian companies, expelled Russian diplomats and […]

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Biden urges Putin to ease Ukraine tensions

US President Joe Biden told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to ease mounting tensions with neighboring Ukraine Tuesday, joining a pushback against a build-up of troops along their border which has raised alarm among NATO allies. As a new report from American intelligence said Russia was not seeking direct conflict with the United States, the […]

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Ukraine’s Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the country’s eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir Putin to reduce Russia’s troop buildup near Ukraine. Zelensky’s frontline visit came as fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists has intensified in recent weeks and Russia has built up troops along the border, raising fears […]

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Jailed Alexei Navalny losing sensation in hands: lawyer

The health of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is deteriorating as he keeps up his hunger strike in prison, his lawyers said Wednesday, with US President Joe Biden’s administration saying it is “disturbed” by the reports. Last Wednesday President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent, who is serving two and a half years on embezzlement charges, launched […]

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Ukraine says Russia massing troops on border, US warns Moscow

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday accused Moscow of building up troops on his country’s border as the United States warned Russia against “intimidating” Ukraine. Kiev has been locked in a conflict with Russian-backed separatists since 2014, and this week Ukrainian officials reported Russian troop movement in annexed Crimea and on the border, near territories […]

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Russia registers ‘world’s first’ Covid vaccine for animals

Russia announced Wednesday it had registered what it said was the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for animals, describing the step as important to disrupting mutations. It said mass production of the vaccine could begin in April. The agriculture oversight agency Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement that the vaccine called Carnivak-Cov had been tested beginning October […]

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Alexei Navalny allies raise health concerns about jailed Kremlin critic

Allies of jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny on Thursday demanded information about his health and whereabouts after Russia’s prison service said his condition was stable but prevented lawyers from meeting with him. Navalny, 44, was jailed last month on old embezzlement charges, sparking large protests, an outcry from rights groups in Russia and abroad and […]

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Russia’s relationship with EU has been ‘destroyed,’ Lavrov says

Russian Foreign Minister in China – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as they exchange signed documents during a signing ceremony after their meeting. – -/Russian Foreign Ministry/dpa The European Union has “destroyed” its relationship with Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, in the […]

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Analysis: U.S. sanctions on Russia will send a signal, if not deter

By Arshad Mohammed, Daphne Psaledakis and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. sanctions may not deter Russia from its alleged election meddling and cyber hacking in the short term but will signal Washington’s renewed willingness to hold the Kremlin publicly to account for acts it views as malign. President Joe Biden has vowed Russian President […]

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Putin slams vaccine criticism, to get jab on Tuesday

President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed foreign criticism of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and said he planned to get a jab himself this week. The state-sponsored Russian vaccine has yet to be approved for widespread use in Western countries, despite Moscow’s insistence it is safe and effective, and the slow rollouts of vaccination campaigns […]

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Russian envoy to US back in Moscow after Biden calls Putin a killer: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s ambassador to the United States arrived in Moscow on Sunday for discussions on how to address sliding U.S.-Russia relations after U.S. President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer, the TASS news agency reported. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday it was recalling its ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, […]

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Russia recalls US ambassador after Biden threatens sanctions for election-meddling

Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States to Moscow for consultations on the future of US-Russia ties on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would “pay a price” for alleged election-meddling. Biden made his comments after a US intelligence report supported longstanding allegations that Putin likely directed efforts to try to […]

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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says locked up in ‘concentration camp’

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is serving a two-and-half-year jail term in a penal colony outside Moscow, said Monday he was locked up in a “real concentration camp”. His comments were the first confirmation of widespread reports that the Russian opposition politician would be spending his sentence at one of the most notorious facilities in […]

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Russian forces arrest several people in raid on opposition meeting

Police arrest several people during opposition meeting in Moscow – Russian police officers stand guard outside a building after breaking up an opposition gathering and arrested several people of the Russian opposition movement so-called ‘United Democrats’. – Hannah Wagner/dpa Russian security forces have arrested several people after breaking up an opposition gathering, according to a […]

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