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Russia's Defense Ministry Isn't Having a Great Week

First the agency's building caught on fire, then a gunman tried to storm it

(Newser) - Russia's Defense Ministry isn't terribly popular these days, especially among Ukrainians , but if it's any consolation to its detractors, the government agency isn't having the best week. Citing the Tass news agency , the Daily Beast reports that a man sporting a pistol tried to get into...

Thousands Mourn Gorbachev and a More Open Society

Moscow ceremony turns out to be essentially a state funeral

(Newser) - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched sweeping changes that helped end the Cold War and precipitated the breakup of the Soviet Union, was buried Saturday after a farewell ceremony attended by thousands of mourners but snubbed by Russian President Vladimir Putin . The Kremlin's refusal to formally declare a...

After Murder of Putin Ally's Daughter, Accusations Fly

Some claim a false flag event, others blame Ukraine

(Newser) - There's plenty of finger-pointing going on following the murder of Daria Dugina , the daughter of Vladimir Putin ally Alexander Dugin, in a car bombing outside Moscow on Saturday night. "We are waiting for the results of the investigation," but if Ukraine is responsible, "then we have...

Brittney Griner to Learn Her Fate Within Hours

Russian prosecutors request 9.5-year sentence for WNBA star

(Newser) - Brittney Griner is expected to learn her fate in her drug smuggling case within hours, and Russian prosecutors have made clear they want it to be a harsh one. Prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge to sentence Griner to 9.5 years in prison, just shy of the 10-year maximum,...

Europeans, Pope Denounce War
Europeans, Pope Denounce War

Europeans, Pope Denounce War

Francis calls Russia's killing of civilians, including children, 'barbarianism'

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people rallied Sunday in cities across Europe to protest Russia's war in Ukraine, with small vigils taking place in Russia as well despite a crackdown by authorities against such demonstrations. German trade unions called a protest in Berlin, the AP reports. The march led from...

Thousands Arrested in Russian Protests

'The screws are being fully tightened,' monitoring group says

(Newser) - Police arrested more than 4,300 people at antiwar protests on Sunday in 56 Russian cities. The independent monitor OVD-Info said the full total for the day wasn't in yet, the Wall Street Journa l reports. The Interior Ministry said 3,400 of the 5,200 people who attended...

Russia: We Have WNBA Star in Custody

Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner was reportedly detained last month for having 'vapes'

(Newser) - Russia says it arrested an American WNBA star last month on drug charges, and a law enforcement official who spoke to the Russian news agency Tass says it's the Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner. Per an Interfax release , the nation's Federal Customs Service says that in February, a...

Russians Chant 'No to War!'
Russians Chant 'No to War!'

Russians Chant 'No to War!'

Thousands in Moscow, elsewhere protest invasion of Ukraine on first day

(Newser) - Thousands of Russians who woke up to the news that their nation had attacked Ukraine took to the streets to protest on Thursday. They found a heavy police presence, with officers breaking up even small gatherings by using loudspeakers to order demonstrators to disperse, the New York Times reports. After...

Report: Man Killed 2 After Being Asked to Wear Mask

Moscow mayor says suspect is in custody

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire in a Moscow government services center and killed two people Tuesday, reportedly after being told to put on a face mask, authorities said. Four other people were wounded. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Twitter that a suspect was detained. Sobyanin didn’t offer any details...

Moscow Going Into Lockdown
Moscow Going Into Lockdown

Moscow Going Into Lockdown

Mayor announces 11-day shutdown amid spike in COVID cases and deaths

(Newser) - Russia is in the midst of its worst surge yet in COVID cases and deaths, and the mayor of Moscow has resorted to what has been considered a last resort: The city is going into what amounts to an 11-day lockdown starting next week, reports the Washington Post . From Oct....

Pro-Navalny Subway Workers Just Got Some Bad News

Dozens of Moscow Metro employees fired after signing petition in support of opposition leader

(Newser) - If you're an Alexei Navalny fan and work for Moscow's subway system, make sure management or the Kremlin doesn't get wind of it. Per the CBC , dozens of workers with the "famously ornate" Moscow Metro, some who've been employed by the transit agency for years,...

Alexei Navalny: 'I'm Just a Horrible Skeleton'

Russian opposition leader blasts Putin, prosecutors in court

(Newser) - A transformed Alexei Navalny appeared in court in Moscow on Thursday for the first time since launching a hunger strike. The "visibly gaunt" Russian opposition leader didn't have a great time as Judge Kurysheva Natalia upheld his Feb. 20 conviction for defaming a veteran who’d publicly supported...

Russian Police Detain 200 Amid Crackdown on Opposition

Authorities say forum participants were flouting COVID-19 precautions

(Newser) - Russian police detained some 200 people—including “high-profile” figures opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin—Saturday after breaking up an conference being held at a Moscow hotel, the BBC reports. The action “came amid a multi-pronged crackdown on dissent” in that country, per the AP . Authorities said that...

Allies Have No Idea Where Alexei Navalny Is
Alexei Navalny Is Missing

Alexei Navalny Is Missing

He's been moved from Moscow prison, may be in a camp

(Newser) - The jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been moved from a Moscow prison to an undisclosed location, according to aides, who think he may have been sent to a prison camp. Navalny lawyer Vadim Kobzev arrived at the Moscow prison to meet with his client but was told he...

Alexei Navalny Hears His Fate on Appeal

Moscow judge rules the Russian dissident will remain in detention

(Newser) - An appeal by Alexei Navalny hasn't gone the way he'd hoped. The Russian opposition leader was sentenced earlier this month to two years and eight months in prison for breaking parole terms while recuperating in Germany from a Novichok poisoning he says was carried out by the Russian...

Navalny Sentenced, Gives Putin New Nickname

Russian opposition leader denounces 'Putin the Poisoner' in court

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader and Vladamir Putin irritant , was hit with a new prison sentence Tuesday. His supporters immediately called for street protests Tuesday night, and Navalny condemned the ruling in court even before he was sentenced. "They're imprisoning one person to frighten millions," Navalny said....

Russia Makes Mass Arrests in Series of Navalny Protests

Opposition figure's wife is taken into custody

(Newser) - Protests erupted in dozens of cities across Russia on Saturday to demand the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin's most prominent foe. Police arrested more than 2,100 people, some of whom took to the streets in temperatures as low as minus-58 Fahrenheit, the AP reports. In...

Cease-Fire Fails, Accusations Fly
Cease-Fire Fails,
Accusations Fly

Cease-Fire Fails, Accusations Fly

Armenia, Azerbaijan are fighting again

(Newser) - Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting Saturday, but immediately accused each other of derailing the deal intended to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist region in more than a quarter-century, the AP reports. The two sides traded blame for breaking the truce...

Former US Marine Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison

Trevor Reed says he's not guilty

(Newser) - Former US Marine Trevor Reed drank too much vodka at a farewell party in Moscow last summer. Now, he might not be saying farewell to the country until 2029. A Russian court sentenced the Texan to nine years in prison Thursday for allegedly attacking a police officer, just short of...

Olympics Figure Skater Dies at 20 in Moscow

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya was born in Russia but won a world junior title for Australia

(Newser) - A former figure skating champion who was born in Russia but skated for Australia has died in Moscow at the age of 20, CNN reports. Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya's death was confirmed Saturday by skating officials , but no cause was given. A pairs' figure skater, Alexandrovskaya obtained Australian citizenship in 2016...

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