Biden says US will ‘never’ accept ‘aggressive’ Russia’s Ukraine annexation

President Joe Biden said Friday that the United States will “never” accept Russia’s annexation of part of Ukraine seven years ago. “The United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of the peninsula, and we will stand with Ukraine against Russia’s aggressive acts,” Biden said in a statement marking the anniversary of […]

Alexei Navalny leads Russians in a historic battle against arbitrary rule, with words echoing Catherine the Great

Tens of thousands of young Russians are protesting the leadership of Vladimir Putin nationwide in freezing temperatures. Thousands have been arrested. Central to these well-organized protests is Russia’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. His courageous actions and words have inspired demonstrators to believe that they can change Russia. As a scholar of Catherine the Great and […]

Moscow court rejects Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s appeal against prison sentence

A Moscow appeal court on Saturday upheld a prison sentence imposed on Alexei Navalny after he returned to Russia from Germany following a poisoning attack, shortening his nearly three-year jail term by just 1.5 months. Judge Dmitry Balashov rejected Navalny‘s appeal of the February 2 ruling, which had turned a 2014 suspended sentence on embezzlement […]

Russia rejects calls from Europe court to release Alexei Navalny

Europe’s rights court told Russia on Wednesday to release jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny out of concern for his life, but Moscow swiftly rejected the call. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken opponent, was arrested and jailed upon returning to Russia last month following months of treatment in Germany for a nerve agent poisoning he […]

Germany, Sweden and Poland toss out Russian diplomats over Moscow expulsions

Germany, Sweden and Poland on Monday each threw out a Russian diplomat in retaliation for Moscow’s expulsion last week of their diplomats for allegedly taking part in protests in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The three EU countries announced the tit-for-tat moves in coordinated statements, drawing an angry response from Russia which accused them […]

Russia expels European diplomats over Alexei Navalny protests, EU ‘strongly condemns’ move

Russia on Friday said it was expelling diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden for participating in unauthorized demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a move the EU’s top diplomat and several European leaders condemned as “unjustified” and “completely unfounded”. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that an unspecified number of […]

Biden says no more US ‘rolling over’ to Russia

President Joe Biden said Thursday the United States will no longer be “rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions” and demanded the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In toughly worded remarks pivoting from his predecessor Donald Trump’s muted approach to Moscow, Biden warned of “advancing authoritarianism” in China and Russia. The […]

Russian court sentences opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 3.5 years in prison

A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to more than 2 1/2 years in prison on charges that he violated the terms of his probation while he was recuperating in Germany from nerve-agent poisoning. Navalny, who is the most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, had earlier denounced the proceedings as […]

Putin signs off on extension of New START treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on legislation extending a key nuclear pact between Russia and the United States by five years, the Kremlin said on Friday. “Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the federal law ‘on the ratification of the extension of the agreement between Russia and the USA’,” the Kremlin said in a […]

Police raid Alexei Navalny’s offices, home as Russia fines social media platforms

Russian police raided the Moscow offices of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s group on Wednesday and came to search several other properties, including a flat where his wife was, as the country’s media watchdog said it would fine social media platforms for spreading protest calls. The police searches come after tens of thousands of Navalny‘s […]

‘A hugely consequential first move’: Biden offers to extend nuclear START treaty with Russia

In a move applauded by anti-war activists, U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday reportedly offered Russian President Vladimir Putin a five-year extension of the New START treaty just days before the pact—the only remaining nuclear arms control agreement regulating the two largest nuclear arsenals in the world—is set to expire. “President Biden’s offer signals a […]

Kremlin dismisses calls to free Navalny — and warns against protests

The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed Western demands to release Russia’s most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny, saying his calls for mass protests over his arrest were “troubling”. Legal pressure is ramping up against President Vladimir Putin’s best-known domestic critic, who is due in court on defamation charges on Wednesday, as his allies in Russia call […]

Alexei Navalny: Russia’s charismatic anti-Putin campaigner

A charismatic anti-corruption campaigner, Alexei Navalny has been Russia’s leading opposition politician for around a decade, determined to challenge Vladimir Putin’s grip on power despite frequent prison stays and harm to his health. The Yale-educated 44-year-old lawyer — who has said he will return to Russia from Germany on Sunday after treatment there for a […]

US alarmed as Russia expands rules on ‘foreign agents’

The United States on Thursday voiced alarm after Russia expanded rules against NGOs and media considered “foreign agents,” accusing Moscow of stifling free expression. “Deeply troubled by Russia’s intensifying repression of its civil society,” Cale Brown, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, wrote on Twitter. “Changes to the ‘foreign agents law’ are particularly troubling, allowing authorities […]

Russia launches criminal probe into Kremlin adversary Alexei Navalny

Russian investigators on Tuesday opened a criminal probe into Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, alleging he used more than 356 million rubles ($4.8 million) of donations to his organizations for personal purposes including holidays abroad. The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said in a statement that the money was part of more than 588 million […]

Russia sanctions EU over poisoning of ‘delusional’ Alexei Navalny

Russia said Tuesday it was hitting EU officials with sanctions for their response to the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who the Kremlin said was suffering from “delusions of persecution”. The foreign ministry in Moscow summoned several senior EU diplomats before announcing the new travel bans. In response to “confrontational” sanctions imposed by the […]