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Kremlin Accuses U.S. of Meddling After 3,500 Protesters Detained

The Kremlin on Sunday accused the United States of interfering in Russia’s domestic affairs and downplayed the scale of the weekend’s protests, when tens of thousands rallied in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny. More than 3,500 demonstrators were detained in protests across the country on Saturday, with several injured in clashes with police in Moscow, following Navalny’s call to

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Russia Police Violence Under Review After 3,300 Protesters Held: Monitor

More than 3,300 protesters were arrested at demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a monitor reported Sunday, as prosecutors probed possible violence “on the part of law enforcement.” Police clashed with demonstrators in Moscow as tens of thousands took to the streets across the country on Saturday following Navalny’s call to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

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CITIbank blocks Russia’s money transfer to Latin America

Citibank has blocked the money transfer of the Russian Foreign Ministry to Latin America, said the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova. The bank, which is the top 5 U.S. bank in terms of its assets, acted as an intermediary in the transaction. “The bankers had questions about the money transfer of the Foreign Ministry: first they asked for a

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McKinsey Bans Moscow Staff From Attending Pro-Navalny Protest

The Moscow office of leading U.S. consultancy McKinsey & Company banned its staff from attending an unauthorized protest in the capital in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny Saturday and warned them against voicing online support, according to an email sent to McKinsey personnel seen by The Moscow Times. Russians nationwide took to the streets on Saturday in support of

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Navalny Supporters Being Beaten, Arrested As Thousands Rally To Demand His Release

Thousands of demonstrators were braving brutally cold weather and threats of police crackdowns across Russia on January 23 to call for the release of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, a Kremlin critic jailed last weekend upon returning to Moscow after medical treatment in Germany for Novichok poisoning. The first rallies began in Siberia and the Far East with large crowds taking

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London – “Londongrad”, Putin, and the Russian influence. The United Kingdom without the EU

A year has passed since the Great Britain started the process of withdrawal from the EU. January 31, 2020 marked the official Brexit. What did the country become, having left the EU? What security challenges it faced, in spite of its strong intelligence agencies? How did withdrawal from the EU influence the brits? Are there any separatist tendencies observed in

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European lawmakers approve resolution calling for an end to Nord Stream 2

On Jan. 21, European lawmakers overwhelmingly voted against the completion of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to the weekend arrest of Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny. A total of 581 out of 705 lawmakers voted to adopt a resolution calling on the European Union to “immediately stop the completion” of the $11 billion Baltic Sea pipeline that would allow

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Navalny Allies Jailed, Fined as Russia Vows Protest Crackdown

Several allies of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny have been imprisoned or fined on the eve of nationwide protests in his support this Saturday. At least 150,000 people have signed up for the rallies in Navalny’s support across 70 Russian cities, marking “going” or “interested” on Facebook and Vkontakte event pages. Organizers also aimed the protests against Russia’s ruling elite

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Russia Seeks to Squeeze Out U.S.-Funded Media – NYT

Russia plans to squeeze Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty out of the country with steep fines in an escalating conflict between the Kremlin and the United States, which funds the news organization, the New York Times reported Thursday. Russia’s media regulator reportedly signaled its intention to issue 130 notices of violations against RFE/RL for failing to label its content as produced

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Biden administration to seek five-year extension on key nuclear arms treaty in first foray with Russia

President Biden is seeking a five-year extension with Russia on the only remaining treaty limiting the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals just days before it expires, said two senior U.S. officials. At the same time, his administration is preparing to impose new costs on Russia pending a newly requested intelligence assessment of its recent activities. The officials said Biden is

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For second time in one week oxygen generation system breaks down in Russian module of International Space Station

The Electron-VM Oxygen Generation System was shut down in the Russian module of the International Space Station (ISS), reported RIA Novosti. On January 20, it was also reported that the air conditioning system stopped working in the Russian module Zvezda. Cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov said that the mechanism will be fixed soon and that the crew is not in danger. The Electron-VM system

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Court Condemns Russia for Violating Human Rights After 2008 Georgia War

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that Russia committed a series of rights violations, including torture and preventing people returning to their homes, in the wake of its 2008 war against Georgia. The five-day conflict in August 2008 between Russia and the pro-Western Georgian government ended with Russian troops stationed in the Georgian regions of South

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Germany Offers Russia Support in Sputnik Vaccine Development – Merkel

Germany has offered Russia support in Moscow’s development of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday. Russian authorities said Wednesday they have applied for registration of Sputnik V in the European Union. “Beyond all the political differences that are currently large, we can nevertheless work together in a pandemic, in a humanitarian area,” Merkel told journalists. On Moscow’s application

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Belarus presents the West with an opportunity to be on the right side of history

Brian Whitmore The International Ice Hockey Federation’s decision to move this year’s world championship from Belarus despite a personal appeal from Alyaksandr Lukashenka not to do so is just the latest sign of the Belarusian strongman’s isolation. Examples of Lukashenka’s ostracization have been mounting since August 2020, when he launched a brutal crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators protesting an election that

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Deputy Minister dismissed after drunk driving, debauch

The inspectors compiled the administrative materials toward the driver: protocol due to the driving under the influence of alcohol and regulation for the violation of the road sign and the protocol about administrative detention. All materials were sent to the court Deputy Minister for Strategic Industries Vitaliy Nemilostiviy was dismissed after he was driving a car under the influence of

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Russian delegation to PACE wants debate on language issue in Ukraine – MP

The Russians allege Ukraine has been conducting a “targeted aggressive campaign” against the Russian language. Member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and MP from Ukraine’s European Solidarity Party Oleksii Honcharenko says the Russian delegation to PACE is initiating a debate on the language issue in Ukraine. “The Russian delegation to PACE

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EU Parliament Set To Demand Halt To Nord Stream 2 Over Navalny Arrest

European lawmakers are expected to pass a resolution on January 21 calling on the European Union to halt construction on the nearly complete Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would carry Russian natural gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Members of the European Parliament are calling for expanded sanctions against Russia over the weekend arrest of opposition figure Aleksei Navalny

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Young Russians Flood TikTok With Navalny Protest Cries

Young Russians have flooded TikTok with calls to rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny this weekend, prompting the state censor to urge the popular short-video app’s administrators to take them down. Navalny called for nationwide street protests this Saturday after his arrest and a viral investigative video into an opulent $1.35 billion Black Sea estate that he and

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American astronauts give food to Russian cosmonauts after they ran out of supplies

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have run out of food and their American colleagues came to their rescue, reported the Russian publication Moskovsky Komsomolets with reference to NASA. The problem happened after the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos decided to postpone the launch of the Progress cargo ship, which was supposed to deliver provisions to the station. If

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