Russian police detain hundreds protesting against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Riot police broke up protests across Russia on Sunday in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, detaining more than 4,500 people who had braved the bitter cold and the threat of prosecution to demand he be set free. In a massive show of force, police imposed a sweeping security lockdown in the heart of Moscow,… Read More Russian police detain hundreds protesting against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny to fly back to country on January 17

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Wednesday he would fly back to Russia on January 17 from Germany where he has been recovering after being poisoned, shrugging off potential legal risks that could see him jailed. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin’s leading critics, was airlifted to Germany for treatment in August after collapsing on… Read More Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny to fly back to country on January 17

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law that allows former presidents become senators for life

President Vladimir Putin signed laws on Tuesday granting former Russian presidents expanded immunity from prosecution and allowing them to become senators for life in the upper house of parliament once they leave the Kremlin. The new laws follow sweeping reforms of Russia’s political system initiated by Putin this year. Among other things, these allow him… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law that allows former presidents become senators for life

Russian PM Vladimir Putin congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on election victory

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. presidential election, after Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College vote that officially determines the U.S. presidency, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin had said it would wait for the official results of the election before commenting on its outcome, even as… Read More Russian PM Vladimir Putin congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on election victory

Russian President Vladimir Putin lends $1.5billion to embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus on Monday in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation. A day after more than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Minsk with chants… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin lends $1.5billion to embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko

Belarusian police arrest dozens of protesters at rally in Minsk

Tens of thousands of Belarusians chanting “Happy Birthday, you rat” and flying red-and-white opposition flags gathered near President Alexander Lukashenko’s residence on Sunday as protesters kept up pressure on the veteran leader to resign. Lukashenko, who turned 66 on Sunday, is struggling to contain weeks of protests and strikes since winning an August 9 election… Read More Belarusian police arrest dozens of protesters at rally in Minsk

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes summit as U.S. loses Iran arms embargo

The United States lost a bid on Friday to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a summit of world leaders to avoid “confrontation” over a U.S. threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran. In a U.N. Security Council vote, Russia and China opposed extending… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes summit as U.S. loses Iran arms embargo

Hundreds protest against recent constitutional reforms in Russia

Hundreds protested in central Moscow on Wednesday against constitutional reforms introduced earlier this month that give President Vladimir Putin the option to remain in power for another 16 years, a witness said. About 500 demonstrators, many of whom wore face masks branded with the word “no”, chanted calls for Putin to resign and held up… Read More Hundreds protest against recent constitutional reforms in Russia