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Dozens Arrested In Moscow Pickets Against ‘Political Repression’

Dozens of people holding single-person pickets near the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) have been detained by Moscow police, including a prominent human rights activist. Mostly young protesters turned up on March 14 in the Russian capital to protest what they say is political repression in the country. Some unfurled signs calling the security service the "Federal Service of Lawlessness" while others shouted "Sham..

Putin Formally Signs Off On Constitutional Changes That Allow Him To Extend Power

Russia's Constitutional Court convened for an urgent session on March 14 to launch a review of constitutional amendments that, among other changes, would allow Vladimir Putin to run again for president in 2024. The court session follows the 67-year-old Putin's signing of the package of amendments earlier in the day and is expected to yield a decision within a week. News of the signing, via a state website, came a day after it was repo..

U.S. Regulator Charges Russian National With Defrauding Millions From American Investors

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. stock market watchdog has charged a Russian national with scamming American investors out of at least $26 million over the past five years by allegedly offering fake, high-yielding deposits. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said in a March 13 complaint that Denis Sotnikov, 36, purchased Internet ads that directed people searching for certificates of deposit to websites spoofing legitimate financial firms. Th..

Ukrainian Soldier Markiv’s Appeal Postponed In Italy Due To Coronavirus

An Italian appellate court in Milan has postponed a hearing in the case of Ukrainian citizen Vitaliy Markiv who is challenging a 24-year sentence for his role six years ago while serving in the Ukrainian National Guard that involved the deaths of an Italian photojournalist and his Russian interpreter. Lawyers for the defendant told RFE/RL on March 8 that the court in Lombardy province has decided to hear the case on March 31 due to government-imp..

My Cows Need A Pedi: Siberian Mechanic Finds His Calling With The Herd

[unable to retrieve full-text content] A car mechanic in Siberia has found a new calling: giving cows pedicures. And it has helped reverse a fall in milk production at a local dairy.

U.S. Cements Position As Largest Arms Exporter, With Russia A Lagging Second

The United States has supplied more than one-third of global arms over the past five years, cementing its position as the world's top weapons seller, according to a Swedish based research institute. In a report published on March 9, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said that global volumes of arms transfers increased by nearly 6 percent in the 2015-19 period, compared with 2010-14. Exports of weapons from the Unit..

Exclusive: Moldova’s Most Notorious Oligarch Has Been In The U.S. Despite Sanctions, Officials Say

He's one of the most powerful, and most notorious, tycoons in Moldova's three decades of independence, a man linked to the "theft of the century" -- the disappearance of $1 billion from Moldovan banks in 2014. A longtime behind-the-scenes power broker, Vladimir Plahotniuc fled Moldova in June 2019 after being pushed out of parliament as part of a government shakeup brokered by Russia, the United States, and other European partners. He ..

The Buk Surface-To-Air Missile System 

[unable to retrieve full-text content] This self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile system entered service in 1979 and was manufactured in the Soviet Union.

MH17: Debunking Russian Disinformation

Since Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014, numerous false claims have been made by Russian officials and media about what happened. As the trial of four suspects begins in the Netherlands, we examine how Russian disinformation went into overdrive after the deaths of the plane's 298 passengers and crew. Let's block ads! https://news.artmotion.com/packs/

Cape Verde Court Convicts Russian Ship Captain, Crew Of Drug Trafficking

A court in the Atlantic archipelago of Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa has convicted the Russian captain and crew of a cargo ship of drug trafficking and sentenced them to long prison terms. "All the defendants were aware of the narcotic drug placed on the vessel and acted with intent, freely and consciously in exchange for economic benefit," Judge Angela Rodrigues read in a court judgment on February 28. Cape Verde authorities said the c..

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