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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,"...

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...

Navalny May Be in a 'Situation of a Slow Death'

So says Amnesty International

(Newser) - Amnesty International is weighing in on Alexei Navalny's prison conditions, and it isn't pulling punches. "We have to do more," said Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard on Wednesday. "[They] have already attempted to kill him, they are now detaining him, and imposing prison conditions,...

Tolkien Fans Go Bananas Over Unearthed Soviet Version of LOTR

They're watching 'Khraniteli,' which aired just once on TV in 1991, with fascination, amusement

(Newser) - If you're a JRR Tolkien fan who can't wait for the next project based on his work , take a trip back in time to a bizarre, previously made adaptation you've likely never seen. A full 10 years before Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, the...

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...

Heart Surgery Goes On as Hospital Burns

Russian doctors, nurses finish bypass before evacuating

(Newser) - When a blaze broke out Friday on the wooden roof of an ancient hospital in a remote Russian city, firefighters went to work on it. Officials said 128 people were evacuated, including 60 patients. But on the ground floor, a team of eight doctors and nurses carried on with heart...

COVID Vaccine for Pets? This Country Says It Has It

Russian agency hopes for mass production in April of Carnivak-Cov for dogs, cats, and other animals

(Newser) - As COVID vaccinations roll out worldwide, scientists who've been keeping tabs on coronavirus variants have been worried that the virus will find a home in animals and mutate there, possibly then transferring back to humans. On Wednesday, a group that oversees agriculture and veterinary safety in Russia made a...

As Pain Spreads, Navalny Goes on Hunger Strike

'I'm lying here, hungry, but still with two legs'

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny says he is going on a hunger strike until he receives proper treatment for back and leg pain. The outspoken Kremlin critic, who is being held in a harsh penal colony east of Moscow, says pain has spread from his back to his right leg and his left...

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...

Russian Hockey Player, 19, Is Hit by Puck, Dies
Hockey Player,
19, Killed by Puck

Hockey Player, 19, Killed by Puck

Timur Faizutdinov was struck in the head, collapsed during Friday game

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Russian hockey player has died after being hit in the head by a puck, his team announced Tuesday. Defenseman Timur Faizutdinov of the Dynamo St. Petersburg's junior hockey team was struck in the head by a puck hit from center ice during a Friday playoff game against...

America's 2 Biggest Rivals Are Building a Lunar Base

China, Russia say they will 'conduct close interaction' on scientific base

(Newser) - China and Russia are gearing up to become America's biggest rivals on the moon as well as the Earth. China's National Space Agency and Russia's Roscomos agency have announced plans to jointly build a lunar research station, the BBC reports. "China and Russia will use their...

Russia Just Throttled Twitter, Ban Could Follow

Move is reportedly to keep posts encouraging anti-Kremlin protests from circulating

(Newser) - The new year in Russia kicked off with mass arrests of protesters pushing back against the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, an inconvenient development in a nation known for stifling dissent. Now the Kremlin is going after American social media, throttling Twitter's speed in an apparent attempt to...

There's Finally a Plan for the Abandoned House of Soviets

After 42 years, it'll be demolished and reconstructed

(Newser) - For 42 years, a giant head-like building has loomed large over Kaliningrad, Russia. For 42 years, it's also been empty. Now, the House of Soviets is set to be demolished—and then reconstructed. Writing for the New York Times , Andrew E. Kramer has the fascinating story of the building,...

After Weeks of Foreshadowing, a Move by Biden on Russia

Officials, businesses there hit with sanctions over Navalny poisoning, imprisonment

(Newser) - The Biden administration announced sanctions of Russian officials and businesses Tuesday related to the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny , whose detention drew tens of thousands of protesters out into the streets of Russian cities this winter. Senior administration officials announced the sanctions but didn't immediately identify...

Navalny to Serve Time in a Rough Penal Colony

European Union imposes sanctions on Russian officials

(Newser) - After emerging from a coma and recovering from a poisoning, Alexei Navalny has another difficult stretch ahead of him. News reports in Russia said Monday that the opposition figure is being sent to a prison infamous for its treatment of inmates. Navalny will avoid Siberia or the Arctic, sites of...

Diplomats Take 34 Hours— and a Push—to Leave N. Korea

Amid restrictions, final leg required hand-pushed rail trolley

(Newser) - A group of Russian diplomats and their families had to travel more than 34 hours just to get out of North Korea, a journey that ended on a hand-pushed cart. Most methods of international travel, including plane and train, have been blocked in North Korea due to the coronavirus pandemic....

Allies Have No Idea Where Alexei Navalny Is
Alexei Navalny Is Missing

Alexei Navalny Is Missing

He's been moved from Moscow prison, may be in a camp

(Newser) - The jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been moved from a Moscow prison to an undisclosed location, according to aides, who think he may have been sent to a prison camp. Navalny lawyer Vadim Kobzev arrived at the Moscow prison to meet with his client but was told he...

NHL Star on Leave After Russian 'Intimidation'

Team believes tabloid story is payback for Artemi Panarin's support of Navalny

(Newser) - The upheaval over the jailing of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has reached the National Hockey League, where New York Rangers star Artemi Panaran is on leave after what the team calls "intimidation." Panaran—an outspoken Vladimir Putin critic who voiced support for Navalny last month—is one...

North Korea Offers $10K Bounties on Workers Who Escaped

There are reportedly many living in Russia

(Newser) - North Korea is offering rewards of up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of North Korean construction workers who escaped in Russia, sources tell Radio Free Asia . UN sanctions put a stop to the issuance of new working visas for North Koreans, and required those already working...

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