‘A coup conducted by the West’: Russian parents association boss asks government to ban TikTok over calls for children to protest

The head of Russia’s Association of Parents’ Committees and Communities has called on the government to ban TikTok, the Chinese video-sharing platform. Olga Letkova claims the app is being used to incite children to riot. Her comments came after Russian state regulator Roskomnadzor demanded that the company stop distributing videos that encourage minors to participate […]

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Biden Proposes New START Extension, Navalny Investigation – The Moscow Times

New U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed a five-year extension with Russia of New START, the last remaining nuclear reduction treaty between the powers, but vowed to pressure Moscow on other fronts. The treaty, which has limited the United States and Russia to 1,550 nuclear warheads each, expires on February 5 after negotiations stagnated […]

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Russian snipers train for frosty fights in minus 35 degrees amid wider plans to increase Arctic warfare capabilities

Setting their sights on a conflict at the very end of the world, Russia’s marksmen have staged a series of training exercises in freezing temperatures, hitting targets at long range and concealing themselves in snow drifts. The press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that the grueling drills had been carried […]

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Russia Detains Poisoned Kremlin Critic Navalny on Return to Home Soil – The Moscow Times

Russian police detained prominent opposition leader Alexey Navalny Sunday on his arrival in Moscow from Germany, where he had been recovering from an attempted poisoning by the nerve agent Novichok. Navalny — who became a thorn in the Kremlin’s side through his campaigns against corruption and rigged elections in Russia — had been added to […]

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Ukrainian allegations of Russian post-Maidan wrongdoing in disputed Crimea to be heard in part by European Court of Human Rights

One of Europe’s top international tribunals will consider a complaint brought by Ukraine into alleged human rights breaches by Russian authorities on the disputed Crimean Peninsula, according to a ruling published on Thursday. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has determined that part of the case, relating to events following the 2014 Maidan uprising […]

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Putin Orders Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Next Week – The Moscow Times

President Vladimir Putin has on Wednesday ordered the mass vaccination of Russians against coronavirus amid reports of a slower-than-expected initial rollout. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, who is in charge of Russia’s Covid-19 response efforts, said the mass vaccination will begin on Monday. “We need to move from large-scale to mass vaccination,” Putin said at […]

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Isaak Khalatnikov dies aged 101: Legendary Russian physicist & WW2 veteran helped create first Soviet nuclear bomb in 1940s

Russian physicist Isaak Khalatnikov, the oldest member of the country’s Academy of Sciences (RAS), has died at the age of 101. The scientist was the last living participant of the team that built the first Soviet nuclear bomb. The scientist died early on Saturday in the Moscow Region, RAS told Russian media outlets. Born in […]

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Avalanche Kills Three at Russian Arctic Ski Resort – The Moscow Times

Three people were killed after an avalanche swept through a ski resort outside the Arctic city of Norilsk overnight, Russian investigators said Saturday. The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said it was notified at 00:30 local time that an avalanche had buried four buildings under snow at the Otdelnaya Gora ski complex.  Rescuers had […]

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A very patient Putin: Russian President ‘still treats West well’ – despite facing colonial attitudes abroad, spokesman insists

For some, he’s the architect of a hybrid war against the West, responsible for everything from lost elections to the ‘cultural appropriation’ of beetroot soup. But the Kremlin claims Vladimir Putin is still out to make friends. According to his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the Russian president “still treats the West very well,” despite apparently not […]

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Exile in Russia Snowden Welcomes Rejection of Assange Extradition – The Moscow Times

Fugitive U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden said Monday he hoped the British refusal to extradite Julian Assange would mark “the end” of attempts to see the WikiLeaks founder face espionage charges in the United States. A British court on Monday ruled citing health concerns that Assange should not be extradited to the United States where he […]

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