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Austria Rejects Halting Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Over Navalny Poisoning

Austria has said it still supports the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, despite growing reservations about the project in parts of Europe following the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny. President Alexander Van der Bellen said on September 15 that there should be no connection between the Navalny case and Nord Stream 2, a nearly complete pipeline that will bring gas from Russia to Europe beneath the Baltic Sea. Van der Bellen was ..

Five Takeaways From The Lukashenka-Putin Talks: Who Got What?

Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka sat down for talks in Russia on September 14, the first one-on-one meeting between the two presidents since protests erupted in Belarus following a disputed election in which the authoritarian leader claimed a sixth term. Lukashenka came into the meeting weakened, facing growing international condemnation and isolation over his government's violent crackdown on protests and the arrest of opposition le..

Moscow Court Upholds Extension Of Journalist’s Pretrial Detention In Treason Case

The Moscow City Court has upheld the extension of pretrial detention for former journalist Ivan Safronov, who is charged with high treason, to December 7. The appeal of a September 2 ruling by Moscow's Lefortovo district court to extend Safronov's detention was held on September 15 behind closed doors as the case is classified. Safronov took part in the hearing from the Lefortovo detention center via a videolink, the court said in a st..

Big country, big vote: Russians choose governors & local councils in THOUSANDS of elections...

Millions of registered voters are heading to 56,000 polling stations on Sunday to elect leaders and lawmakers across dozens of Russian regions. Spanning 11 time zones, the nationwide elections will end at 8pm local time. The event, dubbed the 'united voting day,' is taking place in 41 regions throughout the country. A total of 18 of them, from Kamchatka in the Far East and Leningrad Oblast in the west, are electing governors through a ..

Fire burns down ENTIRE floor of high-rise residential building in Krasnodar, southern Russia, no...

An eight-story apartment block in Krasnodar, a major city in southern Russia, was ravaged in a blaze after its wooden attic floor caught fire, prompting a mass evacuation. The incident did not cause any casualties or injuries. The fire started around 2:15am local time on the attic floor of the high-rise, with the first fire crews arriving at the scene within six minutes after the incident was reported. Some 140 firefighters and 40 fire engines ..

‘Spitting on ancestors’ graves’: Russian Communist leader lashes out at talk of re-purposing Lenin’s...

A competition to plan the re-purposing of the iconic mausoleum of Vladimir Lenin on Moscow’s Red Square has met with a furious response from the leader of Russia’s Communist Party, who called the idea a “dirty provocation.” The Lenin Mausoleum was completed in 1930 and has housed the revolutionary leader’s body ever since. A years-long debate surrounding the burial of the Soviet leader has been dragging on in Russia, but few dared to plan as far..

Microsoft Says Russian, Iranian, Chinese Hackers Target Biden, Trump Campaigns

U.S. tech giant Microsoft says hackers linked to Russia, Iran, and China have targeted people and organizations tied to both U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The announcement on September 10 came at the same time that Biden's main campaign advisory firm said it had been told by Microsoft it was being targeted by the same Russian hackers who intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The tech company ..

Belarus Opposition Leader Calls On Europe To Act, Says Russian Policy Short-Sighted

A leading Belarusian opposition official called on the European Union to live up to its commitment to support democracy and announce that it will stop recognizing the rule of strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka at the end of a three-month transition period. “It is a very important and necessary signal to Belarusian society. The time for the declaration has already passed. Actions are needed,” Paval Latushka, a former insider-turned-opposition activi..

As U.S. Election Nears, Democrat Senators Submit Bill To Sanction Russia For Bounties Reportedly...

WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic senators has introduced legislation to impose sanctions on any Russian individual or entity involved in a reported program to place bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The six senators, led by Bob Menendez, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the Russia Bounty Act on September 10. The draft legislation was introduced because U.S. Presdient Donald Trump's..

Lukashenko says he won’t talk to opposition’s Coordination Council as Tikhanovskaya’s representative in Minsk...

Alexander Lukashenko has no plans to negotiate with the opposition’s Coordination Council, accusing them of wanting a ‘catastrophe’ for the country by cutting ties with Moscow, and destroying the health and education systems. He was speaking to Russian journalists who arrived in Minsk on Tuesday for Lukashenko's first interview since he was officially declared the winner of a disputed election last month. “I won’t talk to the opposition’s C..

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