TODAY: United Russia holds party congress on appeasing voters; Finance Ministry seeking a eurobond for the first time in 3 years; over half of Russians are pessimistic about economy; Krill to meet with Pope; Kerry says Russia is going to agree to a ceasefire in Syria; is the Kremlin ready for a truce in Ukraine […]
TODAY: Activists support HRW claim that Russian aircraft in Syria had cluster bombs; Russian assistance helping Assad forces beat rebels; Russians celebrate Christmas, Orthodox head downplays economic crisis; US firm blames Sandworm for Ukraine attack; Google bug translates ‘Sergei Lavrov’ as ‘sad little horse’.
TODAY: Human Rights Watch and Amnesty on ‘undesirable’ list, science foundation may be shut down under ‘foreign agent’ law; prison labourers may work on World Cup build; Merkel ally refused entry to Russia; Novorossia project on hold; Russia begins surprise military training; Pussy Riot take whipping complaint to ECHR; a baptism by trolls for Kirill. Some […]
TODAY: Legislation passes against ‘undesirable’ foreign NGOs, restricts media outlets also; radio interview removed after Putin bribe source fears for his safety; Echo Moskvy founder resigns; Putin meets Kirill, congratulates developing Church relations; new payments system named ‘Peace’. Russia comes second in Eurovision Song Contest.
TODAY: Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, despite truce; new war doctrine could establish NATO as main threat; Ukrainian clergyman says Putin under devil’s spell, accusations of clergy helping rebels; Novatek granted export licence; Medvedev calls for tighter energy security; Estonia a new front? In defiance of Friday’s OSCE-negotiated truce, fighting continued in eastern Ukraine over […]
TODAY: Carry-on liquids banned from flights across the country; actor slurs gay community again; Patriarch Kirill cheers inmates, Church attacked over Stalin calendar; officials accused of poaching; Russia blocks U.N.’s Syria statement; Vanity Fair talks to Masha Gessen; Regina Derieva obituary. As part of heightened security measures implemented in Sochi in the run-up to the […]
TODAY: Kirill awards Putin for powerful Russia as thousands join nationalist Unity Day marches and two young LGBT people are beaten; Sobyanin fires officials over Biryulyovo; Medvedev backtracks on Ukraine; Vasilyeva says charges are political; Lebedev sells Aeroflot stake. Thousands of Russians participated in Unity Day marches in dozens of towns across the country yesterday, chanting […]
TODAY: Belarus dispute threatens relations; Saudi Arabia offered Russia oil deal over Syria; energy diversity for Moldova; Ponomaryov to pay Skolkovo; Putin is lonely, depicted as gay in confiscated paintings; home of gay rights activist raided; tycoons bid for Sheremetyevo contract; TMK and pension losses. Russia’s dispute with Belarus over their joint potash venture is […]
How specifically galling that Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been denied parole, despite having completed half of her sentence, on the grounds that she refused to take part in a prison beauty contest (as reported by The Times this weekend). Can this even be true? Pussy Riot’s political stance takes aim at precisely this kind of […]
TODAY: Navalny unexpectedly released after sentencing, vows in Moscow to continue election campaign, thanks supporters; analysts baffled by authorities’ decision. Putin dives Lake Baikal, Kirill slams gay marriage; U.K. admits blocking Litvinenko investigation over diplomatic concerns. A day after his release from custody in Kirov, Alexei Navalny has returned to Moscow, welcomed by hundreds of […]