Jailed Russian opposition figure Navalny announces he will go on hunger strike, demands medication & doctor of his own choosing

Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has announced that he will begin a hunger strike to protest his prison conditions. He claims his health is deteriorating due to the refusal of proper medical care and “sleep deprivation.” The activist is serving time in jail after being found guilty earlier this year of breaking the conditions of […]

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Western intelligence agencies directing Russian opposition to turn tide of opinion on Crimea, Moscow’s Ministry of Defense claims

Seven years after the Crimean Peninsula returned to Moscow’s control, Western state spooks are running a campaign to influence how Russians view the event, using unelected opposition groups as proxies, security officials warn. At a Senate roundtable marking the anniversary of Crimea’s reabsorption on Thursday, Andrey Kartapolov, Russia’s deputy defense minister, told colleagues that “there […]

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‘Guarantee due process’, says UN chief, following Bolivia opposition arrests

The Secretary-General’s official spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said in a statement released on Sunday, that the UN chief’s call was in relation to the recent legal action taken against former government officials and authorities in Bolivia. Bolivia fell into crisis in 2019, after President Evo Morales declared victory in disputed elections that would have granted him […]

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New Western sanctions against Russian officials over jailing of opposition figure Navalny ‘outrageous’ & ineffective, says Kremlin

A package of new travel and financial restrictions unveiled by the US and the EU this week are toothless and will have little to no impact at all on Russian officials targeted by them, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary insisted that the measures enacted against four […]

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‘Genie’s out of the bottle’: German FM pledges €21 million to help Belarusian opposition in fight to remove embattled Lukashenko

Germany has set aside €21 million ($25.3 million) as part of its new “action plan” aimed at supporting opponents of the Belarusian government, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has told an improvised pro-opposition online conference. Seemingly in an effort to cement an image of Berlin as the leader among European nations sponsoring anti-government movements in the […]

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Facing falling popularity, Ukraine’s president cracks down on opposition media & popular TV channels, sparking impeachment battle

In a move that has sparked concern for freedom of speech in the country, Ukraine’s embattled president has clamped down on eight opposition-owned media outlets, with tough new rules taking away their broadcasting rights. Facing increasing domestic pressure, Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree on Tuesday that sets in motion a series of “special economic and […]

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Pro-western liberal, anti-migrant nationalist, or political opportunist: Who exactly is Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny?

After his alleged poisoning, accusations that the Kremlin was responsible, then his immediate arrest on returning home, Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny is enjoying notoriety like never before. But who is he, exactly? Media portrayals of the Moscow street-protest leader have ranged from comparing him to a western-style liberal, to a far-right radical racist to […]

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Maduro eyes victory in Venezuela poll amid opposition boycott – Times of India

CARACAS: Venezuelans vote Sunday in legislative elections set to tighten President Nicolas Maduro‘s grip on power and further weaken his US-backed opposition rival Juan Guaido, who is leading a boycott of the polls he calls a fraud. Victory will give Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party control of an expanded 227-seat National Assembly, the only institution not […]

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Georgia Opposition Calls for Protests as Ruling Party Claims Vote Win – The Moscow Times

Georgia’s opposition called Sunday for mass protests after the ruling Georgian Dream party claimed victory in a tightly contested parliamentary election. Exiled ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili accused Georgian Dream of falsifying Saturday’s vote and urged his supporters to take to the streets. The vote could spark another political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic […]

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Pak opposition parties come out openly against powerful military – Times of India

KARACHI: For the first time, Pakistan’s two major Opposition parties have come out openly against the country’s powerful military, accusing it of rigging the 2018 elections that brought Imran Khan‘s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party to power. In the past, political leaders have only indirectly pointed to the involvement of the military establishment in the country’s political […]

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