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 […]

Continue Reading

Russian Envoy Planning U.S. Return After Biden ‘Killer’ Comment – The Moscow Times

Russia’s ambassador to the United States plans to return to Washington soon following talks in Moscow on the future of bilateral ties after U.S. President Joe Biden called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a “killer.” Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, who was recalled for emergency consultations on March 21, told the state-run TASS news agency Monday that […]

Continue Reading

‘Russian Hackers’ Again Target German MPs — Report – The Moscow Times

Several German lawmakers have once again fallen victim to a cyberattack, local media said Friday, with security experts pointing the finger at Russian hackers. Hackers used phishing emails to gain access to the computers of at least seven federal MPs and 31 lawmakers in regional parliaments, according to Der Spiegel weekly. A spokesman for the […]

Continue Reading

Russian gas giant Gazprom asks Moscow to end plans to force use of domestic software as company faces $2.3 billion bill – reports

The head of Gazprom, Russia’s largest company, has allegedly asked the government to reconsider new rules that would force the corporation to use domestic software, claiming changing from current programs would be too costly. According to a presidential decree, businesses that form Russia’s critical information infrastructure, such as banks and energy companies, must transition to […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Telegram deletes ‘Skin Market’: Popular & scandalous channel specializing in exposing & extorting Russian ‘escorts’ is taken down

For years, Telegram channel Skin Market has been terrorizing Russian sex workers by posting public information to an audience of 240,000 people. Now, it has finally been removed, providing relief to many whose lives were impacted. In recent months, the Russia-made messaging app has grown as a source of alternative media. For those seeking to […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Russian Flights to Egypt’s Sinai to Resume Five Years After Deadly Jet Attack – The Moscow Times

Russia will resume flights to Egypt’s Red Sea resorts in March after the lifting of a ban imposed following a 2015 attack on a Russian jet, an aviation official said. Flights “to the two cities of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada will resume on March 28 via the Russian company Nordwind at a rate of four […]

Continue Reading

Russian Women Form Human Chain Following Navalny Protest Crackdown – The Moscow Times

Hundreds of women formed a “chain of solidarity” in central Moscow Sunday to support jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s wife Yulia and female victims of political repression. The Valentine’s Day demonstration follows weeks of harsh police crackdowns at pro-Navalny protests and was inspired by last summer’s protests in neighboring Belarus, where women formed human chains […]

Continue Reading

Russian Protesters Released From Custody Vow to Fight On – The Moscow Times

The time in prison has done little to quench Ruslan Krasnikov’s thirst for change at the helm of Russian government — and to fight for it through street protests.  “The protests will continue. People have suffered injustice,” he said Wednesday outside a detention center where he had just spent 10 days in Russia’s second-largest city […]

Continue Reading