Russia blacklists Merrick Garland and Chris Wray as Putin responds to Biden: report

This Friday, the Kremlin announced that it will be expelling 10 U.S. diplomats while blacklisting eight current and former U.S. officials including Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, Susan Rice and John Bolton, The Washington Post reports. The move comes as a response to increased sanctions leveled at Russia by the Biden […]

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‘Direct link from the Trump campaign to the Russians’ — and it may have been covered up: Mueller prosecutor

It’s official, the U.S. government has the information necessary to prove that President Donald Trump’s campaign was coordinating with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. It has taken five years, but former lead prosecutor for special counsel Robert Muller explained why the evidence is clear. Speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Thursday, Andrew Weissmann […]

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Alexei Navalny’s wife ‘worried’ for Kremlin critic after prison visit

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, said on Tuesday she was increasingly concerned for her hunger-striking husband’s health after visiting him at his penal colony outside Moscow. Navalny, who is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence on old embezzlement charges, was jailed in February after returning to Russia from Germany where he was receiving […]

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Syria may have used chemical weapons on town in 2018, says watchdog

The global chemical weapons watchdog has “reasonable grounds to believe” that Syria’s air force dropped a chlorine bomb on a residential neighborhood in the rebel-controlled Idlib region in February 2018, a report released on Monday said. There was no immediate comment from the Syrian government. Syria and its military ally Russia have consistently denied using […]

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Russian prison threatens to force-feed Alexei Navalny

Russian prison officials are threatening to start force-feeding jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his team said Monday, after he lost eight kilograms (18 pounds) since starting a hunger strike. “Seeing the seriousness of the hunger strike, the administration is threatening every day to start force-feeding,” Navalny’s team said in a post on his Twitter account. […]

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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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Russian state TV is scared of Biden — and even speculating they might need to go to war: report

On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Russian state-run media outlets are worried about the impact of Joe Biden’s presidency on Russian power — and are even speculating that war may break out. “Instead of laughing about Trump’s embarrassing subservience to Putin, experts and pundits on state TV are grim-faced as they anticipate harsh measures […]

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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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Iran and China sign long-term cooperation agreement 

Chinese Foreign Minister in Tehran – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) speaks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during their meeting. – -/Iranian Presidency/dpa Iran and China inked a long-term cooperation agreement in Tehran on Saturday, state television reported. The comprehensive agreement signed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart, Wang […]

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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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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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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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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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