Canada needs to sanction Putin’s oligarchs, Navalny’s chief of staff says – National

The chief of staff to Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned critic of the Russian president, is calling on Ottawa to impose new sanctions on those who he described as “Vladimir Putin’s oligarchs.” Leonid Volkov told members of a parliamentary committee that freezing the assets of Putin’s friends would put pressure on the Russian president. “Every […]

150K Russian troops estimated near Ukraine’s borders, European Union says – National

The European Union is estimating that 150,000 Russian troops have already amassed for the biggest military buildup ever near Ukraine’s borders and that it will only take “a spark” to set off a confrontation. At the same time, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday that the condition of imprisoned Russian opposition leader […]

Alexei Navalny’s team calls for massive protests amid reports of failing health – National

Activists for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Sunday called for massive protests in the heart of Moscow and St. Petersburg as Navalny’s health reportedly is deteriorating severely while on hunger strike. Leonid Volkov, a top strategist for Navalny, said the demonstrations were called on short notice for Wednesday because “his life hangs […]

Alexei Navalny goes on hunger strike in Russian prison over medical care – National

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has started a prison hunger strike to protest officials’ failure to provide proper treatment for his back and leg pains. In a statement posted Wednesday on Instagram, Navalny complained about prison authorities’ refusal to give him the right medicines and to allow his doctor to visit him […]

Moscow calls U.S. sanctions ‘hostile anti-Russian lunge,’ promises retaliation – National

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said late on Tuesday that new sanctions imposed by the United States were evidence of a “hostile anti-Russian lunge” and said it would retaliate to what it described as another blow to U.S.-Russia ties. In U.S. President Joe Biden’s most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin, the United States […]

U.S. sanctions Russia over Alexei Navalny poisoning, jailing – National

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 did not immediately identify the Russian officials named […]

Navalny allies show support on Valentine’s Day with candle-lit vigils in Russia – National

Supporters of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny held candle-lit gatherings in residential courtyards across Russia on Sunday despite warnings that they could be arrested. Navalny’s allies have declared a moratorium on street rallies until the spring after police detained thousands of people in the past few weeks at protests against the opposition politician’s arrest and […]

Moscow jails jammed with detained Navalny protesters – National

A video, shot by a man detained in a Moscow protest, shows a group of people jammed into a police minibus. One of them says on the recording that they had already been held there for nine hours, with some forced to stand because of overcrowding and no access to food, water or bathrooms. […]

Russia drives out foreign diplomats over Navalny rally – National

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Friday it was expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany for attending a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The announcement came as the European Union’s top diplomat told Russia’s foreign minister that the treatment of Navalny represents “a low point” in the relations between Brussels and Moscow. […]

Alexei Navalny due back in court on slander charge days after prison sentence – National

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is due back in court on Friday for a slander trial despite Western calls for his release and on the same day as the European Union’s top diplomat is in Moscow for talks with Russia’s foreign minister. Navalny, President Vladmir Putin’s most prominent critic, was jailed this week for […]