TODAY: Putin speaks at Valdai forum on nuclear weapons, Khashoggi, and Kerch shooting; state banks may get dividend reprieve to boost capital; more companies making no-dollar deals; sanctions spur China shipyard row; Navalny responds to National Guard duel challenge, proposing a live debate.
TODAY: Terrorist scare sparks National Guard callout after 20 killed at Kerch school as student opens fire; Crimean deputy detained for corruption; US sanctions slam Russian tech, leave oligarch wealth intact; Lavrov says Bellingcat is spy front; millions of Russian troll Tweets revealed; Italy opposes Russia sanctions in EU but won’t veto.
TODAY: Russia’s push for influence in CAR includes 19 military deals; Kremlin to change constitution? WEF index shows Russia climbing as competitive economy, projects 1.7% growth; Syria and Egypt looking at passenger flights to Russia; Kremlin no longer capping oil output; Ingushetia protests continue; EU anticipates Russian meddling in vote next Spring.
TODAY: Russian Orthodox Church announces split from Constantinople; tolerance for corruption increased under Putin; Navalny summoned by police immediately after jail release; Amnesty researcher abducted in Ingushetia; Italy seeks Russia sanctions reprieve in EU; Total pushing ahead with Russian oil ambitions; Putin awards civil servants in footballer attack.
TODAY: Navalny released from prison; Roscosmos failed to report Soyuz mission failure; Communist candidate blocked by opposition in Siberia; labour chief fired over pension comments; Orthodox leaders meet in Minsk to discuss Ukraine split; Trump on Putin as an assassin; former Armenian President and Putin ally returning to politics.
TODAY: Kudrin think tank says widespread protests increasingly likely; Russia says it hopes US will understand, after Soyuz space makes emergency landing, prompting criminal investigation; Kremlin opposes Ukraine moves for Orthodox independence; Russian ambassador to OSCE claims Kiev whipping up anti-Russian hysteria ahead of vote; footballers jailed in pre-trial detention for two months for assault.