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Russia successfully test runs hypersonic cruise missile

Russia completed a successful test launch of a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile, a weapon President Vladimir Putin has touted as part of a new generation of missile systems without equal in the world. Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Monday the missile was launched from an Admiral Gorshkov, a warship located in the White Sea, in […]

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Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny ends hunger strike after 24 days

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny ended his hunger strike after 24 days. Navalny began refusing food on 31 March to demand better medical care. He said he had twice been seen by civilian doctors and “given the progress and circumstances, I am ending my hunger strike”. The process would be gradual, he added in […]

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Russia will trigger rapid and harsh response if the West cross red line: Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin warns the West not to cross a “red line” with Russia, saying such a move would trigger an “asymmetrical, rapid and harsh” response. The Russian president’s warning came in his annual state of the nation address, amid heightened tension with the West over Ukraine and jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny. Meanwhile, hundreds of […]

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United States imposes sanctions on Russia over cyber-attacks, election interference

The United States of America imposed fresh wave sanctions against Russia for cyber-attacks and other hostile acts. According to Thursday’s White House statement, the new sanctions show the US “will impose costs in a strategic and economically impactful manner on Russia” if it continues its “destabilizing international action”. It reaffirms the administration’s view that the […]

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Putin’s critic found dead in March 2018 at London home was ‘strangled by third party’

Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in New Malden in south-west London in March 2018, was strangled in his own home by a third party, a coroner has ruled. West London Coroner’s Court heard there was evidence to suggest his death was made to look like […]

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Jailed Putin’s critic Alexey Navalny moved to sick ward week after declaring hunger strike

Jailed Putin’s critic Alexey Navalny was moved to the sick ward with symptoms of a respiratory illness and has been tested for the coronavirus, the Izvestia newspaper reported on Monday, after he said he had a high temperature and cough. Navalny, a prominent Kremlin critic who declared a hunger strike last week and accused prison […]

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Russia: Putin takes Covid-19 vaccine without cameras

To encourage other reluctant Russians to get their shot, Russian President Vladimir Putin got himself vaccinated against Covid-19, but without cameras. The president is often pictured on horseback, ice skating and flying with Siberian cranes chose to get vaccinated behind closed doors. The Kremlin has not specified which vaccine Mr Putin received. The aim was […]

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European Union, United States impose sanctions on Russian officials for poisoning Alexei Navalny

The United States imposed sanctions on Russian government officials and entities over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the most high-profile critic of President Vladimir Putin US intelligence concluded that the Russian government was behind the near-fatal nerve agent attack on Navalny in Siberia last year. Moscow has denied involvement in his poisoning. US officials said seven […]

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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 […]

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Putin’s rumoured partner has been missing from public view since 2019 after giving birth to twins

Olympic gold medalist and once-upon-a-time rumoured partner of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alina Kabaeva has reportedly been missing from public view after giving birth to twin boys in 2019. The long-rumoured partner of Putin has been a former gymnast and gave birth to the boys in a Moscow clinic in April last year. The twins […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny was discharged from a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning. The Charité Hospital said it was ending acute medical care because his condition had sufficiently improved. A statement from the hospital said that 44-year-old Mr Navalny had spent 32 days there, including […]

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Putin’s critic, Alexei Navalny arrives in Germany for medical treatment

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has arrived in Germany from Siberia for treatment. The acutely ill critic of President Putin is in a coma after drinking what his supporters suspect he was poisoned. Doctors treating him in Omsk had insisted on Friday that he was too ill to be moved. But they later said his condition […]