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Kremlin critic

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny at growing risk of kidney failure
World

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny at growing risk of kidney failure

  • Navalny, 44, a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, started refusing food on March 31 in protest at what he said was the refusal of prison authorities to treat him properly for acute back and leg pain.
  • "His condition is indeed critical," said Alexandra Zakharova, a representative of the Doctors Alliance trade union - a group that Russian authorities regard as opposition activists.
Published 17 Apr, 2021 05:51pm
Kremlin says it has to be ready for worst-case US sanctions scenario
World

Kremlin says it has to be ready for worst-case US sanctions scenario

  • "The hostility and unpredictability of America's actions force us in general to be prepared for the worst scenarios," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
  • Moscow's ties with Washington nosedived last month when Russia recalled its ambassador after US President Joe Biden said he thought President Vladimir Putin was a killer.
Published 08 Apr, 2021 06:48pm
Russia extends punitive Twitter slowdown until mid-May
World

Russia extends punitive Twitter slowdown until mid-May

  • Russia has since March impeded the speed of Twitter for not removing content it deems illegal, and threatened to block it entirely. Photos and videos take longer to load for some users.
  • "It was a productive discussion about how we can both work to ensure that reports of such illegal content are dealt with expeditiously," it said in a statement.
Published 05 Apr, 2021 06:52pm
Russian court fines Twitter on charges of failing to delete content
World

Russian court fines Twitter on charges of failing to delete content

  • The Tagansky District Court in Moscow said in a series of statements that it had issued three separate fines against Google of 3.2 million roubles, 3.3 million roubles and 2.4 million roubles.
  • It said the fines related to offences committed on Jan. 22-24 this year, including "violating the procedure for removing information", all under Russia's Administrative Offences Code.
Published 02 Apr, 2021 06:06pm
Russia detains around 150 people, including leading opposition figures, at Moscow meeting
World

Russia detains around 150 people, including leading opposition figures, at Moscow meeting

  • OVD-Info, which monitors the detention of political protesters and activists, published a list of more than 150 people it said had been detained.
  • "The police came to the forum of municipal deputies in Moscow. There are 150 people here from all over the country. Everyone is being detained. I mean, everyone," opposition politician Ilya Yashin wrote on Twitter.
Updated 13 Mar, 2021 09:08pm
Russian rouble rebounds as sanctions threat fades
Markets

Russian rouble rebounds as sanctions threat fades

  • Rouble was 0.7% stronger against the dollar at 73.64 and had gained 0.8% in volatile trade to 88.60 versus the euro.
  • A trader at an investment company in Moscow told Reuters that reports of softer sanctions expected to be imposed by the United States were largely behind the rouble's swing.
Published 02 Mar, 2021 07:10pm
Lavrov blames EU for demise of its Russia ties
World

Lavrov blames EU for demise of its Russia ties

  • Relations have been consistently torn apart by the European Union.
  • "Don't confuse Europe with the European Union. When it comes to Europe, we are not going anywhere," Lavrov said. "We have many friends in Europe."
Published 15 Feb, 2021 08:33pm
Russia's Gazprom expects Nord Stream 2 launch in 2021
Business & Finance

Russia's Gazprom expects Nord Stream 2 launch in 2021

  • Around 120 km is left to be laid in Danish waters as well as almost 30 km in German waters, before it makes landfall at the northern German coastal town of Lubmin, near Greifswald.
  • The project has become more politicised after Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned in August in Siberia and flown to Germany for treatment.
Published 11 Feb, 2021 08:17pm
Germany does not rule out more Russia sanctions over Navalny
World

Germany does not rule out more Russia sanctions over Navalny

  • Berlin will discuss further steps with its European partners, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a regular news conference.
  • The United States, Britain, Germany and the EU have urged Moscow to immediately free Navalny.
Published 03 Feb, 2021 05:22pm