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International Memorial: Russia’s top court orders closure of oldest civil rights group

Russia’s Supreme Court ordered the closure of International Memorial, Russia’s oldest human rights group. Memorial worked to recover the memory of the millions of innocent people executed, imprisoned or persecuted in the Soviet era. Formally it has been “liquidated” for failing to mark a number of social media posts with its official status as a […]

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‘Act of terrorism’: Molotov cocktail thrown at Russian consulate in Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia says a Molotov cocktail was thrown at its consulate in Ukraine’s Lviv and that it has formally protested over the attack, calling it “an act of terrorism”. The ministry summoned a Ukrainian official and demanded an apology over the incident, which came amid rising tensions between the two […]

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Russia: Moscow court fines Google 7.2 billion roubles for failing to delete illegal content

A Moscow court has fined Google 7.2 billion roubles approximately $98 million for repeated failure to delete content deemed illegal in Russia. Details of the offending content were not specified in the announcement by the court’s press service. This is the first time in Russia that a technology giant has been hit with a fine […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin claims he drove taxi after Soviet fell to make ends meet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the collapse of the Soviet Union spelt the end of “historical Russia,” revealing he drove a taxi to make ends meet following the USSR’s fall. Putin, a former agent of the Soviet Union’s KGB security services, who has previously lamented the USSR’s fall, said the disintegration 30 years ago […]

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Russia may be forced to deploy mid-range nuclear missiles in Europe in response to NATO plans

Russia said on Monday it may be forced to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe in response to what it sees as NATO’s plans to do the same. The warning from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov raised the risk of a new arms build-up on the continent, with East-West tensions at their worst since the […]

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Russia: Teenager detonates device at convent school outside Moscow, dozen injured

A Russian teenager has detonated an explosive device at an Orthodox school near a convent outside Moscow, injuring a number of people. Russia’s interior ministry says an 18-year-old man, a graduate of the school in Serpukhov, tried to blow himself up. He has reportedly survived. The ministry says a 15-year-old is among the injured. Local […]

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Russia: Man kills two people and wounds four others in Moscow after being told to put face mask

Russian officials on Tuesday reported that two people were killed and four others were wounded after a gunman opened fire in a Moscow government service center after being told to put on a face mask The man took out a gun and started shooting in the building after arguing with a security guard who told […]

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Russia: Police in Siberia arrest two safety inspectors on charges of suspected criminal negligence

Police in Siberia arrested two safety inspectors suspected of criminal negligence on Friday as Russia’s coal mining heartland mourned the deaths of 51 people in one of its worst mine disasters since Soviet times. Regional governor Sergei Tsivilyov said a methane explosion was the likely cause of Thursday’s accident at the mine near the town […]

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Russia shuts shops, restaurants, schools and most workplaces as Covid-19 infections and deaths soar

Shops, restaurants and schools have shut in Moscow in a partial lockdown, as Russia battles record Covid deaths and infections. Only essential shops like supermarkets and pharmacies are allowed to open in the capital, while food outlets are only providing takeaways. Authorities have also given workers across Russia nine days off from Saturday in a […]

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Male State: Russian court bans ‘extremist’ group for anti-women and anti-gay movement

A Russian court banned an “extremist” a social media movement called Male State, for inciting hatred of women and gay people. Last week YouTube and the messaging service Telegram blocked access to channels run by Male State’s founder, Vladislav Pozdnyakov. The group, set up in 2016, has attracted thousands of followers. They initially organised on […]

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Russia suspends diplomatic mission to NATO amid tensions

Russia is suspending its diplomatic mission to NATO, according to the nation’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In addition, staff at NATO’s office in Moscow will be stripped of their accreditation by November. It comes after NATO expelled eight diplomats from Russia’s mission earlier this month, saying they were working as intelligence officers. Relations between NATO […]

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Russia: Man marries his axe attacker so she can avoid prison sentence

A pensioner in Russia who attacked a man with an axe was given a suspended sentence after the victim married her so he could plead with the court that she should not go to prison. In a statement released on Thursday, the Tomsk regional prosecutor’s office in Siberia said that the woman, who is now […]