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 […]

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 […]

Russia sentences Navalny to 3.5 years in prison, drawing international condemnation – National

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to to three and a half years in jail on Tuesday after a court found he had violated the terms of a suspended 2014 conviction, drawing an outpouring of international outcry. Navalny’s lawyers told Reuters he is planning to appeal his sentencing, adding that his prison term […]

‘We’re done’: Navalny draws younger protesters in Russia, signalling trouble for Putin – National

Polina Kartavenko, 18, is in a position felt by much of Russia’s youth. “I was born and he was president. I went to school. He was president. I graduated from high school. He was president. In one year, I’m graduating from my college and he’s still president and he’s going to run for more […]

Biden presses Putin on Navalny, Russia’s involvement in alleged cyber-espionage – National

President Joe Biden had his first call with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, raising concerns about the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny while pressing the Russian president on his nation’s involvement in a massive cyber-espionage campaign and bounties on American troops in Afghanistan, two senior administration officials said. Biden has looked to establish a […]

U.S. criticism of Navalny’s arrest, protest support encourage law breaking: Russia – National

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the U.S. Embassy’s statements about the nationwide protests, in which more than 3,500 people reportedly were arrested, interfere in the country’s domestic affairs and encourage Russians to break the law. Dmitry Peskov made the criticism on Sunday, a day after protests took place across the country […]

What you need to know about Alexei Nalvany’s arrest and the nationwide protests in Russia – National

Thousands of protesters in Russia have been arrested for demanding the release of Alexei Navalny, one of the country’s most prominent political opposition leaders and an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Police arrested more than 2,600 protesters, as well as Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, on Saturday. The demonstrations have drawn an estimated […]