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Flooded Russians Call Out Putin in Rare Protest

Regional government offers about $100 a month to evacuees

(Newser) - Russians in the city of Orsk gathered in a rare protest Monday, calling for compensation following the collapse of a dam and subsequent flooding in the Orenburg region near the border with Kazakhstan. Protests are an unusual sight in Russia, the AP reports, where authorities have consistently cracked down on...

Putin's 'Strongman Image' Takes a Hit
Putin's 'Strongman Image'
Takes a Hit

Putin's 'Strongman Image' Takes a Hit

Concert hall attack exposes his weaknesses, according to a slew of assessments

(Newser) - A theme in coverage has emerged about Vladimir Putin in the wake of Friday's concert hall massacre . The attack "threatens Putin's strongman image," per the headline at the Wall Street Journal , while one at AP says it "dents Putin's tough image," and others...

Putin Tries to Reassure NATO
Putin to NATO: We Won't Attack

Putin to NATO: We Won't Attack

Russian president says idea of Russian attack on NATO country is 'nonsense'

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has again denied any intention to invade other countries in Eastern Europe, which might not provide much comfort. As Politico notes, Russian officials also denied Moscow had plans to attack Ukraine in the months before Russia's invasion of the country two years ago. Putin made...

Putin Says 'Radical Islamists' Carried Out Moscow Attack

But Russian leader still suggests Ukraine, with US help, was behind concert hall killings

(Newser) - In an apparent acknowledgement that ISIS-K has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Moscow concert hall, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed "radical Islamists" on Monday evening while still suggesting Ukrainians—or Americans—were complicit. "We know that the crime was committed by radical Islamists," Putin said...

'Long Live Russia,' Putin Shouts at Red Square Party
Putin Celebrates
Reelection, War

Putin Celebrates Reelection, War

Reelected Russian president stresses annexation of Crimea, victory in Ukraine to Red Square rally

(Newser) - Nationalistic songs played, his defeated rivals praised him, and newly reelected President Vladimir Putin shouted "Long live Russia!" to a crowd gathered Monday for a celebration in Moscow's Red Square. But the event could have come across as perfunctory, with much of the crowd attending by request,...

Putin: I'd Just Agreed to Prisoner Swap When Navalny Died

It's the Russian president's first mention of opposition leader since his death

(Newser) - On Sunday, the same day preliminary election results in Russia made it clear he'd win the country's presidency again, Vladimir Putin made a reveal regarding the late opposition leader Alexei Navalny. It came during an exchange with an NBC News reporter during an appearance in Moscow after the...

Putin Claims Biggest Win Yet, Saying He Has Russia's Trust

Preliminary Russian results show 88% support for incumbent

(Newser) - In announcing preliminary results that make Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 landslide look like a nail-biter, Russian officials said Sunday that President Vladimir Putin is on track to receive 88% of the national vote in his reelection bid. That would make his margin of victory about 10 percentage points higher than...

After Call by Putin Opponents, Russians Crowd Polls at Noon

Navalny's backers pronounce the strategy a success on last day of voting

(Newser) - Russians crowded outside polling stations at midday Sunday on the last day of a three-day presidential election, apparently heeding an opposition call to protest against President Vladimir Putin, who is poised to extend his rule of nearly a quarter-century for six more years after a relentless crackdown on dissent. The...

With Putin's Victory Not in Doubt, Russia Votes
Voting Begins in
'Sham' Russian Election

Voting Begins in 'Sham' Russian Election

Landslide Putin victory is not in doubt

(Newser) - Three days of voting in Russia's presidential election began Friday, and the only unknown about the outcome is how big Vladimir Putin's victory will be. The Russian leader's main political opponents are banned from running, jailed, exiled, or dead, and the only other candidates on the ballot...

Ahead of Russian Election, a Stark Warning From Putin

Leader says if Russia's statehood is threatened, it's ready to use nuclear weapons

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons if there's a threat against it, voicing hope that the United States would refrain from actions that could trigger a nuclear conflict. Putin's statement was another blunt warning to the West ahead of a presidential vote...

Navalny Ally Attacked With Hammer
Navalny Ally
With Hammer

Navalny Ally Attacked With Hammer

Leonid Volkov was chief of staff for Russian opposition leader before his death

(Newser) - A longtime ally of Alexei Navalny has been attacked outside his home in Lithuania. Leonid Volkov was in his yard Tuesday night when he was beaten with a hammer and sprayed with tear gas, the Guardian reports. His car window was also smashed. Volkov, who was Navalny's chief of...

It's Official: We Have a New NATO Member

Sweden officially joins military alliance in blow to Russia's Putin

(Newser) - Sweden on Thursday formally joined NATO as the 32nd member of the transatlantic military alliance, ending decades of post-World War II neutrality as concerns about Russian aggression in Europe have spiked following Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine, per the AP . Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and US Secretary of...

Russia Releases Navalny's Body
Russia Releases Navalny's Body

Russia Releases Navalny's Body

Lyudmila Navalnaya apparently refused to negotiate with government

(Newser) - The Russian government has turned over the remains of Alexei Navalny to his mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, the opposition leader's aides said Saturday, per Al Jazeera . "Alexei's body was given to his mother. Thank you to everybody who demanded this with us," Navalny spokesperson Kira Yarmysh posted...

US Tries to Inflict Fresh Financial Pain on Russia

President Biden announced 500 new sanctions on Friday

(Newser) - Saturday represents the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the United States is marking the occasion by foisting 500 new sanctions on Russia, for both the war and the death last Friday of Alexei Navalny. The AP calls it "the largest single tranche of penalties" the...

Russia Calls Biden's Comments 'Churlish'

President called Putin a 'crazy SOB'

(Newser) - President Biden is on the campaign trail, and on Wednesday night he appeared at a San Francisco fundraiser, with rhetoric on a past and current president at the ready. Speaking mostly about environmental concerns at the event, Biden suddenly shifted gears to go on the attack against Russia's leader,...

In New Russia-Nuke Question, a Wrinkle Emerges
In New Russia-Nuke Question,
a Wrinkle Emerges
the rundown

In New Russia-Nuke Question, a Wrinkle Emerges

US tells allies that Putin might launch a dummy warhead into space to throw everybody off

(Newser) - The US is pretty sure Russia is developing a nuclear weapon that could be deployed in space to take out satellites. Vladimir Putin, of course, denies it . Here's a look at coverage with more details on what's going on:
  • Soon? US intelligence agencies are warning allies that Russia

Theories on Navalny's Death Begin to Emerge

As his mother files suit in an effort to get her son's body

(Newser) - The whereabouts of Alexei Navalny's body remain unknown, as does his cause of death . Russian authorities have said they will not release his body for the next two weeks as the preliminary inquest into his Friday death continues. But his mother has been fighting for access to her son'...

US to Hit Russia With 'Major Sanctions' After Navalny Death

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says a 'substantial package' is on the way

(Newser) - The White House says it is preparing additional "major sanctions" on Russia in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny's death in an Arctic penal colony. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the sanctions, on the eve of the two-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, "will...

Putin Gives Kim a Car in Honor of Their Special Relationship

The gift underscores the close ties between Russia and North Korea, state media says

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a Russian-made car for his personal use in a demonstration of their special relationship, North Korea's state media reported Tuesday. The report didn't say what kind of vehicle it was or how it was shipped. But...

She Assumes the Role She Never Wanted
She Assumes
the Role She
Never Wanted

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She Assumes the Role She Never Wanted

Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Alexei Navalny, says she will carry on her husband's fight

(Newser) - Yulia Navalnaya always kept a remarkably low profile even as husband Alexei Navalny became a well-known figure around the world in his opposition to Vladimir Putin. All that has changed since the death of Navalny in a remote Russian penal colony. On Monday, the 47-year-old Navalnaya promised to continue her...

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