Siberian Wildfires Set To Break Land Area Record

Russia is on track to have a record year in terms of the area covered by wildfires, the local branch of environmental group Greenpeace said on August 12. Nearly 5.5 hectares are ablaze, mostly in Siberia, with smoke clouds covering more than 5 million square kilometers, more than the size of the European Union, the UN’s authoritative World Meteorological Organization said in a tweet on August 11. A state of emergency has been declared in four Sib..

Moscow Court Orders Yabloko Member Held In Custody Over ‘Mass Unrest’

A Moscow court has remanded a member of the Yabloko opposition party to pretrial custody for two months on "mass unrest" charges following a unauthorized July 27 rally in the capital where police used violence against protesters and detained almost 1,400 people. The Basmanny district court ordered 20-year-old Valery Kostenok's detention until October 11 for throwing two plastic bottles at security forces during the demonstration, which was..

Opposition Appeals Rejected For Moscow Election, Plans Next Rally

Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on August 7 upheld previous rulings to bar two prominent opposition figures from running in the September 8 elections to the Moscow city council. The main election board’s decision came after hearing complaints lodged by politician Dmitry Gudkov and Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer for the Anticorruption Foundation that is headed by Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny. “You are driving people onto the streets,” Sobol t..

Moscow Announces Another Festival Coinciding With Opposition Rally

Moscow authorities have announced another free concert and food festival at the capital's Gorky Park, which would coincide with a rally planned by opposition politicians and activists. The announcement on August 7 said the free barbecue and music festival, dubbed Meat&Beat, will take place on August 10-11, with "meat dishes by Moscow's best restaurants" available to visitors. The announcement said several popular Russian musicians wer..

Furious Shouting Match At Russian Election Committee

Prominent opposition leader Lyubov Sobol had a heated exchange with the head of Russia's Central Election Committee, as it rejected her appeal and upheld the decision to exclude her from local elections in September. There have been weeks of protests at the exclusion of Sobol and other opposition figures. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Opposition Plans Further Rally In Moscow Amid Warnings From Authorities

MOSCOW -- Opposition supporters are planning to take to the streets of Moscow again on August 3 in defiance of local authorities in the Russian capital who are vowing to take “all necessary measures” to maintain public order. The Russian capital has witnessed protests since authorities there in July banned multiple opposition candidates from running in a municipal election scheduled for September. Some 1,400 demonstrators were detained by police ..

Russian PM To Travel To Turkmenistan Amid President Death Rumors

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev plans to travel to Turkmenistan later this month amid persistent rumors that the Central Asian nation's autocratic leader has died. Medvedev will visit Turkmenistan on August 11-12 to take part in the first Caspian Economic Forum, his press service said in a statement. Medvedev is scheduled to meet with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov during his trip to discuss bilateral issues, the statem..

Caught Up In The Crackdown: One Muscovite’s Long Weekend In A Police Van, A...

MOSCOW -- Mikhail Bykanov went out for a stroll in his city on a Saturday evening. Two nights in police custody and one court case later, he returned home a convicted man. Bykanov, a public-relations manager at an energy consultancy, left his apartment around 8 p.m. on July 27 and walked south into central Moscow. It was the end of a hot summer day and his girlfriend Inna Kolesnikova was out with friends. Bykanov messaged to say he was going to e..

Putin Observes Annual Russian Naval Parade

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attended an annual Russian naval display on July 28. The Navy Day parade on the Neva River in St. Petersburg featured both historic and modern Russian vessels. Smaller naval parades were held in other Russian port cities. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Iran Announces Plans To Restart Activities At Arak Nuclear Reactor

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, says Iran is planning to restart activities at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor -- a move that is not permitted under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran’s ISNA news agency quoted Salehi as making the remarks in a meeting with lawmakers in Tehran on July 28. Heavy water can be employed in reactors to produce plutonium, a fuel used in nuclear weapons. Accor..

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