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Battle Goes On For ‘Nemtsov Bridge’ Memorial, Six Years After Russian Politician’s Killing

A week before the sixth anniversary of the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, a makeshift memorial on the bridge where he was killed was cleared again by authorities. Volunteers who maintained the photos and flowers on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge were detained. The place where he was assassinated has come to be known as "Nem..

Stability or change? Russians split over whether Putin should stay on as president beyond...

The clock is ticking on Vladimir Putin’s current presidential term, set to expire in 2024. Now, a new poll has found that almost half of Russians want him to stay on, while four in ten want the long-time leader to leave office. The research, published by Moscow’s Levada Centre on Friday, found that of more than 1,600 people surveyed, 48 percent wa..

Navalny’s Failure To Renounce Nationalist Past May Be Straining His Support

MOSCOW -- An assassination attempt made Aleksei Navalny into a globally recognized dissident, a Russian opposition leader who courted Chancellor Angela Merkel from his hospital bed and collaborated with leading Western news outlets in investigating the near-fatal poisoning he blames on the Kremlin. But the man who for more than a decade has challen..

‘Compulsory vaccination’: Moscow Communist MP takes aim at mayor for ending pensioners’ free transport...

Controversial Russian Communist MP Valery Rashkin has asked the country's General Prosecutor's Office to investigate if Moscow is legally allowed to refuse free travel to pensioners who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19. Last year, the city’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, from the pro-Vladimir Putin United Russia party, decided to block..

After shuttering TV stations, Kiev now bans Telegram channels despite internet providers saying they...

A Ukrainian judge has ordered four major news channels on the Telegram messaging service to be blocked across the country, just weeks after the government banned a series of opposition-owned broadcasters and online news sites. On Wednesday, the local Strana outlet reported it had received confirmation from a source in the SBU security agency, Kiev..

Navalny Moved From Moscow Remand Prison

MOSCOW -- Russian opposition political leader Aleksei Navalny has been moved from the Moscow detention center where he has been held since mid-January and is believed to be en route to a prison where he will begin serving a 2 1/2 year sentence. Navalny’s lawyer, Vadim Kobzev, made the announcement on February 25 without providing any further detai..

After Navalny convicted of libeling elderly WW2 Red Army hero, Russian MPs propose law...

A group of Russian MPs has proposed a bill that would impose a sentence of five years behind bars for those found guilty of insulting war heroes. The punishment would also extend to those who desecrate the memory of dead veterans. The draft legislation comes after Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny was handed an 850,000 ruble fine ($11,500) ..

Siberian Prison Guards Investigated Following Torture Reports

Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) says investigations have been launched against an unspecified number of guards at a prison in Siberia following reports about the brutal torture of inmates. The FSIN said on February 25 that probes were also begun against 10 inmates who allegedly tortured Tahirjon Bakiev, adding that it had yet to ..

In fresh censorship, Twitter bans ‘Russian’ accounts it says are ‘undermining confidence in NATO’...

Nearly 400 Twitter accounts have been shut down in the latest Silicon Valley banning spree over allegations many are linked to Moscow and work to discredit a US-led military grouping that stages war-games on the country's border. On Tuesday, Russian media reported that the San Francisco-based microblogging platform had confirmed at least 100 ..

Calvey Associate Reiterates Innocence As Trial Resumes In Moscow

Philippe Delpal, a French national and an associate of prominent U.S. investor Michael Calvey, has reiterated his innocence as a high-profile embezzlement trial involving the two men, along with five others, resumed in Moscow. Delpal told the court on February 24 that accusations against him, Calvey, and five other businessmen over the alleged ill..

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