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 […]

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 […]

U.S. sets sanctions, expels Russian diplomats after hacking, election interference – National

The Biden administration announced Thursday the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies. The sweeping measures are meant to punish Russia for actions that U.S. officials say cut to […]

‘He who said it, did it’: Putin responds to Biden’s killer comment – National

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he and U.S. President Joe Biden should hold live online talks in coming days after Biden said he thought the Russian leader was a killer and diplomatic ties sank to a new post-Cold War low. Putin, speaking on television, cited a Russian children’s playground chant to […]

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 […]

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. […]

Navalny urges Russians from jail to free country from ‘thieves’ – National

In a note from jail, opposition leader Alexei Navalny urged Russians Thursday to overcome their fear and “free” the country from a “bunch of thieves,” while the Kremlin cast the arrests of thousands of protesters as a due response to the unsanctioned rallies. Navalny, who was sentenced to two years and eight months in […]

Russian police detain more than 3,200 protesters demanding Navalny’s release – National

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 3,200 people were detained by police, according to a monitoring group. Russian authorities mounted […]

‘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 […]