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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...

Navalny Supporters Protest Across Russia

'There are so many political prisoners,' one demonstrator says

(Newser) - Police arrested nearly 1,500 people Wednesday during a day of demonstrations throughout Russia calling for freedom for imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose health reportedly is in severe decline after three weeks of hunger striking, according to a group that monitors political detentions. The largest of the protests took...

In Annual Address, Putin Strikes at West's 'Nasty Habit'

Bullying Russia has become 'a new sport,' he says

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on Russia's security interests, saying Moscow's response will be "quick and tough" and make the culprits feel bitterly sorry for their action. The warning during Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address came amid a massive Russian...

Navalny's Team: Russia Is Killing Him, 'in Front of Us All'

Authorities say Russian dissident is now in prison hospital; allies aren't hopeful for 'good news'

(Newser) - How things look for Alexei Navalny depends on who's doing the informing. Over the weekend, a group of doctors said blood tests showed the imprisoned Russian dissident, on a hunger strike since March 31, was likely to die within days unless he received medical attention. On Monday, a Navalny...

Navalny Could Be Down to a Few Days, Doctors Say

Prisoner's potassium levels have fallen dangerously low, letter says

(Newser) - Blood tests show indicate Alexei Navalny is likely to die in the next few days unless he receives medical attention, doctors said Saturday. A group of physicians has asked prison authorities to allow them to treat the Russian opposition activist, the BBC reports. "His condition is indeed critical,"...

Biden: I Told Putin It Could've Been Worse

US prefers stability in the relationship, president says

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday he could've gone further in imposing sanctions against Russia over its hacking attacks last year—and Biden said he made that clear to President Vladimir Putin. But that wouldn't serve the long-term US goal, NBC reports. "The United States is not looking to...

US Imposes Sanctions on Russia Over Hacking

Biden administration takes first retaliatory step over cyber attacks

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Thursday announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against nearly three dozen people and companies as it moved to hold the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies. The actions, foreshadowed for weeks by the...

Biden Has Another Tense Call With Putin

He urged Russian leader to 'de-escalate tensions' with Ukraine

(Newser) - President Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to "de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border in their second tense call of Biden's presidency. Biden also told Putin the US would "act firmly in defense of its national interests| regarding Russian cyber...

Putin Clears Way to Outlast Stalin's Tenure

Change to Russia's constitution means he could stay in power until 2036

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Monday legislation that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, the Moscow Times reports. If Putin stays in office that long, he will have held the reins longer than Josef Stalin, who ruled for 29 years, a run second only to...

Biden's Guest List for Talks on Climate Includes Putin, Xi

Administration sends out 40 invitations for next month's forum

(Newser) - President Joe Biden is including Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China among the invitees to the first big climate talks of his administration, an event the US hopes will help shape, speed up, and deepen global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution, administration officials told the...

Russia Says US Relations 'Under Threat of Collapse'

Putin responds to Biden's 'Killer' claim: 'It takes one to know one'

(Newser) - President Biden's comment that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a killer has "sparked the biggest crisis in bilateral relations in years," per AFP , as apparently showcased by Putin's response. "It takes one to know one," Putin said Thursday in remarks aired on Russian state...

Russia Pulls US Ambassador
Russia Pulls US Ambassador

Russia Pulls US Ambassador

Russia's Foreign Ministry says relations are at 'a blind alley'

(Newser) - Russia has recalled its ambassador to the US following the release of US intelligence showing President Vladimir Putin intervened in the 2020 US presidential election to hurt Joe Biden's chances . The declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, released Tuesday, is the first official government...

Biden Confirms What He Thinks of Putin

A killer? 'Mmm hmm'

(Newser) - President Biden says that it will be "tough" for the US to meet a May 1 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The deadline to end America's longest war six weeks from now was set under an agreement reached by former President Trump and the Taliban, without the...

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...

Navalny Sentenced, Gives Putin New Nickname

Russian opposition leader denounces 'Putin the Poisoner' in court

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader and Vladamir Putin irritant , was hit with a new prison sentence Tuesday. His supporters immediately called for street protests Tuesday night, and Navalny condemned the ruling in court even before he was sentenced. "They're imprisoning one person to frighten millions," Navalny said....

Russians Protest Despite Warnings

Russia Arrests 3,000 Protesters

Demonstrators ignore warnings to call for Navalny's release and Putin's resignation

(Newser) - Chanting slogans against President Vladimir Putin, tens of thousands took to the streets Sunday across Russia's vast expanse to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, keeping up the nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin. More than 3,300 people were detained by police, according to...

Biden, Putin Have 'Frank' Conversation

White House says Biden brought up Navalny, hacking campaign, soldier bounties

(Newser) - President Biden has spoken to Vladimir Putin on other occasions—but a phone call Tuesday was their first talk president to president. The White House says Biden raised concerns with the Russian leader about issues including the poisoning and arrest of Alexei Navalny , the massive SolarWinds hacking campaign, Russia's...

Vladimir Putin: No, That's Not My Palace

Russian leader denies owning opulent spread as Navalny investigation goes viral

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is making a point to deny a new accusation from his chief critic, which in itself is seen as surprising. Both the Washington Post and Reuters note that it's rare for Putin to issue a public rebuttal, but this latest slam from Alexei Navalny might be receiving...

Jailed Dissident Exposes $1B 'Putin Palace'

Black Sea complex reportedly features a pole-dancing stage

(Newser) - A jailed Alexei Navalny is still a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side. Less than 24 hours after the Russian opposition activist flew home and was immediately arrested Sunday, his team published a trove of documents about a secret palace the Russian president has built for himself near the Black...

Putin Says Agents 'Would've Finished the Job' With Navalny

Russian president blames US for reports implicating FSB

(Newser) - A hit squad employed by Russia's Federal Security Service shadowed Alexei Navalny on numerous trips before poisoning the opposition activist with Russian-made nerve agent Novichok in August, according to a joint investigation by CNN and Bellingcat . This week's reports, based on the agents' mobile phone data and other...

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