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Ukrainian Catholic leaders demand Russians be removed from pope’s Good Friday procession

The Vatican’s decision to have both Ukrainians and Russians take part in Pope Francis’ “Way of the Cross” procession on Friday has caused friction with Ukrainian Catholic leaders, who want it to be reconsidered. The annual Via Crucis event on Good Friday at the Colosseum consists of the 14 Stations of the Cross, stages between […]

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At least 5,250 anti-war protesters arrested across Russia since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Police in Russia have arrested more than 2,000 anti-war protesters across the country, an independent monitor said, on the fourth day of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine that took many Russians by surprise. OVD-Info, which has documented crackdowns on Russia’s opposition for years, said 2,114 protesters were arrested on Sunday. This brought the tally […]

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Russia records over 1,000 Covid-19 deaths in a single day for the first time

Russia recorded 1,002 Covid-related deaths in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began on Saturday. The figure had been rising all week, with the Kremlin blaming the Russian people for not taking up vaccination. Only about a third of the population has had a jab, amid wide distrust of the vaccines. […]

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Russia suspends jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s political and anti-corruption organizations

Moscow’s chief prosecutor froze the political movement of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny on Monday by suspending activities at his offices across the country, while petitioning a court to do the same for the Anti-Corruption Foundation that he founded. The decision comes against the backdrop of a pending court decision on whether to designate both […]

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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny moved to hospital and prescribed ‘vitamin therapy’

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has been moved from a penal colony to a regional hospital for prisoners east of Moscow as concerns grow over his health. Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) said in a statement Monday that the opposition leader had been moved to the hospital, which specializes in “dynamic” observation of patients. The […]

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Russia will face consequences if jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny dies in prison

The United States has warned Russia of consequences if Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny dies in prison. “We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community,” President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said. “In […]

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Alexei Navalny: Putin’s critic losing sensation in his hands and legs

Alexei Navalny, the jailed critic of the Kremlin is losing sensation in his legs and hands, according to his lawyers. Vadim Kobzev said Navalny, who is in a penal colony serving a sentence for embezzlement, had been diagnosed with two spinal hernias. Last week, Navalny started a hunger strike to demand proper treatment for acute […]

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Russia threatens to block Twitter over failure to remove banned content

Russia may block Twitter in one month unless the American tech giant complies with a demand to remove banned content, Russian news agencies cited a senior regulatory official as saying on Tuesday. Moscow said last week it had slowed down the speed of Twitter inside Russia in retaliation for what it described as a failure […]

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Putin signs bill that grants him, former presidents lifetime immunity from arrest, search, question or prosecution

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that grants former presidents expanded immunity from prosecution and allowing them to become senators for life in the upper house of Parliament once they leave the Kremlin. Among other things, it allows Putin to run for two more six-year terms in the Kremlin if he chooses and remain […]