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Gershkovich's Detention Extended After 8 Months Behind Bars

'Wall Street Journal' reporter to remain in Russian custody until at least Jan. 30

(Newser) - A court in Moscow on Tuesday extended the detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, until Jan. 30, Russian news agencies reported. The hearing took place behind closed doors because authorities say details of the criminal case against the American journalist are classified, the AP...

Kim Jong Un, Putin Meeting in Russia Soon: Reports

Leaders expected to discuss weapons, sources say

(Newser) - A US official said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may travel to Russia soon to meet with President Vladimir Putin as the Kremlin tries to acquire military equipment for use in its war in Ukraine, the AP reports. The official, who was not authorized to address the...

8 Die in Moscow Sewer Disaster
8 Die in Moscow
Sewer Disaster

8 Die in Moscow Sewer Disaster

They were trapped by flooding, authorities say

(Newser) - Russian authorities are seeking the organizers of a tour that took people into Moscow's sewer system during heavy rains, with tragic results. In what Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called a "terrible tragedy," eight people, including a tour guide, died Sunday after flooding trapped them in the sewer...

Russia Accuses Ukraine of Drone Attack on Moscow

The attack briefly shut one airport

(Newser) - Three Ukrainian drones attacked Moscow in the early hours on Sunday, Russian authorities said, injuring one person and prompting a temporary closure of traffic in and out of one of four airports around the Russian capital. It was the fourth such attempt at a strike on the capital region this...

Russia: We Foiled Ukrainian Drone Attack on Moscow

Airport had to be temporarily closed as 5 drones were taken out

(Newser) - Russian air defenses on Tuesday foiled a Ukrainian drone attack on Moscow that prompted authorities to briefly close one of the city's international airports, reports the AP , as a Western analysis said Russia has managed to slow Kyiv's recently launched counteroffensive. The drone attack, which follows previous similar...

Russians Reclaim the Streets
Russians, Ukrainians Move On

Russians, Ukrainians Move On

People reclaim Moscow streets after troops, roadblocks are removed

(Newser) - With the troops withdrawn from the streets and roadblocks and checkpoints removed, Moscow returned to its summer Sunday rhythms, with people filling cafes and parks. Crews repaired highways leading to Moscow that had been torn up in panic to slow the armed force belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin's Wagner Group,...

Drones Attack Russia's Capital
Drones Strike Moscow at Dawn

Drones Strike Moscow at Dawn

Russia blames Ukraine, which denies 'direct involvement,' but was 'pleased to watch'

(Newser) - Russia says Ukraine sent at least eight drones to Moscow in an early morning "terrorist attack." There were no serious injuries and only minor damage to buildings reported Tuesday, the BBC reports, noting Ukraine has denied involvement. Russia said all drones were intercepted. "Three of them were...

Russia's Defense Ministry Isn't Having a Great Week

First the agency's building caught on fire, then a gunman tried to storm it

(Newser) - Russia's Defense Ministry isn't terribly popular these days, especially among Ukrainians , but if it's any consolation to its detractors, the government agency isn't having the best week. Citing the Tass news agency , the Daily Beast reports that a man sporting a pistol tried to get into...

Thousands Mourn Gorbachev and a More Open Society

Moscow ceremony turns out to be essentially a state funeral

(Newser) - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched sweeping changes that helped end the Cold War and precipitated the breakup of the Soviet Union, was buried Saturday after a farewell ceremony attended by thousands of mourners but snubbed by Russian President Vladimir Putin . The Kremlin's refusal to formally declare a...

After Murder of Putin Ally's Daughter, Accusations Fly

Some claim a false flag event, others blame Ukraine

(Newser) - There's plenty of finger-pointing going on following the murder of Daria Dugina , the daughter of Vladimir Putin ally Alexander Dugin, in a car bombing outside Moscow on Saturday night. "We are waiting for the results of the investigation," but if Ukraine is responsible, "then we have...

Brittney Griner to Learn Her Fate Within Hours

Russian prosecutors request 9.5-year sentence for WNBA star

(Newser) - Brittney Griner is expected to learn her fate in her drug smuggling case within hours, and Russian prosecutors have made clear they want it to be a harsh one. Prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge to sentence Griner to 9.5 years in prison, just shy of the 10-year maximum,...

Europeans, Pope Denounce War
Europeans, Pope Denounce War

Europeans, Pope Denounce War

Francis calls Russia's killing of civilians, including children, 'barbarianism'

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people rallied Sunday in cities across Europe to protest Russia's war in Ukraine, with small vigils taking place in Russia as well despite a crackdown by authorities against such demonstrations. German trade unions called a protest in Berlin, the AP reports. The march led from...

Thousands Arrested in Russian Protests

'The screws are being fully tightened,' monitoring group says

(Newser) - Police arrested more than 4,300 people at antiwar protests on Sunday in 56 Russian cities. The independent monitor OVD-Info said the full total for the day wasn't in yet, the Wall Street Journa l reports. The Interior Ministry said 3,400 of the 5,200 people who attended...

Russia: We Have WNBA Star in Custody

Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner was reportedly detained last month for having 'vapes'

(Newser) - Russia says it arrested an American WNBA star last month on drug charges, and a law enforcement official who spoke to the Russian news agency Tass says it's the Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner. Per an Interfax release , the nation's Federal Customs Service says that in February, a...

Russians Chant 'No to War!'
Russians Chant 'No to War!'

Russians Chant 'No to War!'

Thousands in Moscow, elsewhere protest invasion of Ukraine on first day

(Newser) - Thousands of Russians who woke up to the news that their nation had attacked Ukraine took to the streets to protest on Thursday. They found a heavy police presence, with officers breaking up even small gatherings by using loudspeakers to order demonstrators to disperse, the New York Times reports. After...

Report: Man Killed 2 After Being Asked to Wear Mask

Moscow mayor says suspect is in custody

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire in a Moscow government services center and killed two people Tuesday, reportedly after being told to put on a face mask, authorities said. Four other people were wounded. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Twitter that a suspect was detained. Sobyanin didn’t offer any details...

Moscow Going Into Lockdown
Moscow Going Into Lockdown

Moscow Going Into Lockdown

Mayor announces 11-day shutdown amid spike in COVID cases and deaths

(Newser) - Russia is in the midst of its worst surge yet in COVID cases and deaths, and the mayor of Moscow has resorted to what has been considered a last resort: The city is going into what amounts to an 11-day lockdown starting next week, reports the Washington Post . From Oct....

Pro-Navalny Subway Workers Just Got Some Bad News

Dozens of Moscow Metro employees fired after signing petition in support of opposition leader

(Newser) - If you're an Alexei Navalny fan and work for Moscow's subway system, make sure management or the Kremlin doesn't get wind of it. Per the CBC , dozens of workers with the "famously ornate" Moscow Metro, some who've been employed by the transit agency for years,...

Alexei Navalny: 'I'm Just a Horrible Skeleton'

Russian opposition leader blasts Putin, prosecutors in court

(Newser) - A transformed Alexei Navalny appeared in court in Moscow on Thursday for the first time since launching a hunger strike. The "visibly gaunt" Russian opposition leader didn't have a great time as Judge Kurysheva Natalia upheld his Feb. 20 conviction for defaming a veteran who’d publicly supported...

Russian Police Detain 200 Amid Crackdown on Opposition

Authorities say forum participants were flouting COVID-19 precautions

(Newser) - Russian police detained some 200 people—including “high-profile” figures opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin—Saturday after breaking up an conference being held at a Moscow hotel, the BBC reports. The action “came amid a multi-pronged crackdown on dissent” in that country, per the AP . Authorities said that...

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