Russia school shooting leaves 9 dead; suspect arrested  – National

A gunman attacked a school Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, sending students running out of the building as smoke poured from its windows. At least nine people were killed — seven eighth-grade students, a teacher and another school worker — and 21 others were hospitalized, Russian officials said. Footage released by […]

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 […]

Judge orders U.S. Justice Department to release Trump Russia obstruction memo – National

A federal judge has ordered the release of a legal memorandum the Trump-era Justice Department prepared for then-Attorney General William Barr before he announced his conclusion that President Donald Trump had not obstructed justice during the Russia investigation. The Justice Department had refused to give the March 24, 2019, memorandum to a government transparency […]

Russia, China campaigns seek to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines: EU report – National

Russian and Chinese media are systematically seeking to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines in their latest disinformation campaigns aimed at dividing the West, a European Union report said on Wednesday. From December to April, the two countries’ state media outlets pushed fake news online in multiple languages sensationalizing vaccine safety concerns, making unfounded […]

Russia rejects Ukraine’s call to revise 2015 peace deal as tension escalates – National

Russia’s foreign minister sternly warned Ukrainian officials Wednesday that Moscow would not accept their push to revise a peace deal for eastern Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calling Tuesday for a modification of the 2015 agreement and inviting other nations to help mediate the stalled talks on a […]

Russia orders Navalny groups to suspend activities

Russian prosecutors on Monday suspended the activities of Alexei Navalny’s regional offices in a move his team said would essentially shut down the jailed opposition figure’s decade-long movement against President Vladimir Putin. The order came as a court began considering whether to designate Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and his regional offices as extremist organisations, putting […]

China, Russia join U.S. promising emission cuts at virtual climate summit – National

President Joe Biden convened leaders of the world’s most powerful countries on Thursday to try to spur global efforts against climate change, drawing commitments from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate on cutting emissions despite their own sharp rivalries with the United States. “Meeting this moment is about more […]

No clear reason for Russian escalation in Ukraine — but it will test Biden, experts say – National

Russia’s growing escalations against Ukraine have the international community on high alert. While there is no clear reason for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent aggression, experts say it will almost certainly be a test of United States President Joe Biden’s leadership. “Putin is flexing his muscles,” said Marta Dyczok, an associate professor within Western […]

Russia rejects West’s criticism of move closing foreign naval ships off from Crimea – National

Russia insisted Tuesday that it has the right to restrict foreign naval ships’ movement off Crimea, rejecting Ukrainian complaints and Western criticism. Ukraine last week protested the Russian move to close broad areas of the Black Sea near Crimea to foreign navy ships and state vessels until November. The U.S. also aired its concern […]

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 […]