Russian court outlaws groups linked to Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

A Russian court on Wednesday outlawed groups linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after declaring them “extremist”, a move that bans his allies from elections and will further strain U.S.-Russia ties before a closely watched summit. President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are due to hold talks in Geneva next week with… Read More Russian court outlaws groups linked to Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Russia vows to support Belarus in event of EU sanctions

Russia will defend Belarus and help it if the European Union imposes economic sanctions on Minsk over the grounding of a plane and arrest of a dissident blogger, the RIA news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry official as saying. Many European nations have imposed flight bans on Belarusian aviation over the forced landing of… Read More Russia vows to support Belarus in event of EU sanctions

U.S. President Joe Biden to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva on June 16, the White House and the Kremlin said on Tuesday amid sharp disputes over election interference, cyberatttacks, human rights and Ukraine. Earlier this month, it was reported that both countries were lowering expectations for big breakthroughs at the superpower summit,… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law to limit staff at embassies and agencies

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Friday to limit the number of local staff working at foreign diplomatic missions and other agencies, and ordered the government to draw up a list of “unfriendly” states that will be subject to the restrictions. The law, published on the Kremlin website on Friday, authorises the government… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law to limit staff at embassies and agencies

Russia expels ten U.S. diplomats in retaliatory act over recent sanctions

Russia on Friday asked 10 U.S. diplomats to leave the country in retaliation for Washington’s expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats over alleged malign activity and suggested the U.S. ambassador return home for consultations. The measures, part of a broader retaliatory package, were approved by President Vladimir Putin, as a response to an… Read More Russia expels ten U.S. diplomats in retaliatory act over recent sanctions

U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over election meddling

The United States on Thursday imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia, including curbs to its sovereign debt market, to punish it for interfering in last year’s U.S. election, cyber hacking, bullying Ukraine and other alleged malign actions. The U.S. government blacklisted Russian companies, expelled Russian diplomats and barred U.S. banks from buying sovereign… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over election meddling

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law allowing him run for two more terms

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that could keep him in office in the Kremlin until 2036, the government said on Monday. The legislation allows him to run for two more six-year terms once his current stint ends in 2024. It follows changes to the constitution last year. Those changes were backed in… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law allowing him run for two more terms

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich files lawsuit against publisher, author over claims in book

Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich has sued publishing house HarperCollins over a recent book that reported he purchased England’s Chelsea Football Club at the direction of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Lawyers for Abramovich, based in London, issued a statement alleging a “number of false and defamatory claims” in “Putin’s People,” a history of Putin’s rule published… Read More Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich files lawsuit against publisher, author over claims in book