EU to debate Russia sanctions after Navalny protest arrests

The European Union will consider fresh sanctions on Russian individuals on Monday after more than 3,000 people were arrested across Russia on Saturday to demand the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Lithuania’s foreign minister, arriving in Brussels for a meeting of the bloc’s 27 top diplomats, said “a change is in the air in […]

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Russia’s expanded foreign agent’s bill passes first reading

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday passed in its first reading controversial draft legislation including an expansion of who can be labeled a “foreign agent” amid an unrelenting clampdown on dissent, The Moscow Times reports. Under the proposed new changes, any individual could be deemed a foreign agent if they receive any material or monetary support from […]

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Level of confidence in Putin in Russia fell to historical minimum

Russia’s level of confidence in President Putin fell. The survey participants were asked to name 5-6 politicians whom they most trust – with no answer options. Only a quarter of respondents this time named Vladimir Putin. As correspondents noted, the president of Russia did not fulfill his promises to improve the standard of living of […]

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Caucasus-2020: Preparation for a new aggression?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a snap “combat readiness check” involving 150,000 personnel and hundreds of aircraft and naval vessels to ensure security in Russia’s southwest, where he sees a “serious threat” from terrorism. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on July 17 that the “check” had already begun and will test the readiness […]

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Kremlin always denies its guilt

In Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, lying — willfully, methodically, shamelessly — is the default response to any accusations of wrongdoing. Russia did not meddle in American elections. Accusations of systematic Olympic doping are malicious foreign inventions. The Novichok nerve agent killers in Salisbury, were there only to admire the cathedral’s spire. Russia has nothing to do […]

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UK imposes sanctions against Russians

Britain has imposed sanctions on more than two dozen Russian individuals in connection with the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky as relations between the two nations remain frayed over what London calls Moscow’s destabilizing acts. Addressing parliament, foreign minister Dominic Raab said: “The first designations will cover those individuals involved in the torture and murder […]

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Macron Plans To Raise Ukraine, Other Security Matters In Video Talk With Putin

Today, on June 26, French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The coronavirus pandemic and security issues, including the situation in Ukraine, are on the agenda. The situations in Syria, Iran, and Libya will also be raised as well as “cooperation in the fields of health and the environment,” […]

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