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Russian Court Orders Arrest of Navalny's Widow

Yulia Navalnaya, who is living abroad, reacts with defiance

(Newser) - Less than five months after dissident Alexei Navalny died in a Russian penal colony , authorities are making a push to lock up his widow. A court in Moscow on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant in absentia for Yulia Navalnaya on extremism charges, reports the BBC . Navalnaya is living somewhere abroad,...

Enemies Largely Vanquished, Putin Begins His 5th Term

Power consolidated, he'll be in office until at least 2030

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin began his fifth term Tuesday as Russian leader at a glittering Kremlin inauguration, setting out on another six years in office after destroying his political opponents, launching a devastating war in Ukraine, and concentrating all power in his hands. Already in office for nearly a quarter-century and the...

US: Russia's Using Chemical Agents in Ukraine

Russia said to be using the choking agent chloropicrin and tear gases banned in war

(Newser) - Weeks after Russia launched its war in Ukraine, President Biden warned his Russian counterpart would pay a "severe price" if he approved the use of chemical weapons. Now, the US is handing out new sanctions, alleging Russia has indeed used chemical weapons. The State Department accuses Russia of using...

US Spy Agencies Aren't So Sure Putin Ordered Navalny Death

Intel doesn't negate Russian leader's culpability, however, in opposition leader's demise, per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Last month, Vladimir Putin insisted that he'd OKed a plan to release Alexei Navalny from an Arctic penal colony just before the opposition leader died in February. Now, a new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests the Russian president actually may not have directly ordered Navalny's death—...

Navalny Wrote a Memoir Before His Death

'Patriot' will be out in October, says his widow

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny managed to write a memoir before his death in a Russian prison earlier this year , reports Reuters . Patriot will be released in the US and other countries in October—a move described by widow Yulia Navalnaya as a final gesture of defiance against the regime of Vladimir Putin,...

Latest Victim of 'Hacktivists': Russia's Prison System

Per CNN, hackers angered by Navalny death say they stole prisoner database, altered commissary prices

(Newser) - The death last month of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a Russian penal colony shocked the world. It also apparently angered a bunch of anti-Kremlin hackers, who are now accused of swiping a Russian prisoner database in retaliation. CNN has the exclusive on this "stunning breach of security":
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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...

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...

WiFi Network Name Lands Moscow Student in Jail

Officers confiscate router after a search

(Newser) - The Russian government's intolerance of dissent over its invasion of Ukraine has reached into a college dorm room. A Moscow State University student has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for giving his WiFi network the name "Slava Ukraini," which means "Glory to Ukraine."...

Despite Warning, Thousands Bid Navalny Farewell

Kremlin says those who attend 'unauthorized gatherings' will be 'held accountable'

(Newser) - Several supporters of Alexei Navalny were reportedly arrested Friday as they left their homes to attend a memorial for the Russian opposition leader, per the Guardian . Allies said more than 1,000 people lined up outside the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God Soothe My Sorrows in...

'Come Early': Navalny's Funeral Set for Friday
'Come Early': Navalny's
Funeral Set for Friday

'Come Early': Navalny's Funeral Set for Friday

Meanwhile, attorney who aided opposition leader's mother says he was briefly detained in Moscow

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny's funeral is set for Friday on the outskirts of Moscow, and his spokesperson has two words of advice for anyone hoping to attend, per the New York Times . "Come early," Kira Yarmysh wrote on X , noting that Navalny would be buried in Borisovskoye Cemetery after...

Navalny Ally Says He Was Close to Freedom

She claims Putin had opposition politician killed after changing his mind about prisoner swap

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny was close to being freed in a prisoner exchange before Vladimir Putin decided to go in a different, deadlier direction, according to Maria Pevchikh, a close Navalny ally. Navalny "could be sitting in this seat right now, right today. That's not a figure of speech, it...

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...

Navalny's Team: Russia Gave His Mother Long List of Terms

They reportedly must be met before his body is released

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny's body remains in the possession of Russia, and CNN reports the country's investigative committee has reportedly outlined more terms that must be met in order for his body to be released to his mother . Ivan Zhdanov, the head of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, outlines the conditions...

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...

Navalny's Mom: I've Seen His Body
Navalny's Mom:
I've Seen His Body

Navalny's Mom: I've Seen His Body

Lyudmila Navalnaya says authorities are 'blackmailing me ... about how my son should be buried'

(Newser) - The mother of Russia's top opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday that she has seen her son's body and that she is resisting strong pressure by authorities to agree to a secret burial outside the public eye. Speaking in a video statement from the Arctic city of Salekhard,...

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'...

3 Points From Trump's Fox News Town Hall

Former POTUS once again compares his legal issues to Navalny's death

(Newser) - Donald Trump again made a comparison between his own legal troubles and the imprisonment and death of Alexei Navalny, doubling down on comments he made shortly after the Russian dissident died while jailed in a remote arctic prison. "Navalny is a very sad situation and he's very brave,...

Russian Defector Found Shot to Death in Spain

Maksim Kuzminov flew his Russian army helicopter into Ukraine last summer

(Newser) - A Russian soldier who defected to Ukraine in a dramatic fashion last summer has been murdered in Spain, reports the BBC . Authorities there identified a bullet-ridden body found in the port city of Alicante as that of Maksim Kuzminov, per the AP . In August, Kuzminov flew his Russian military helicopter...

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