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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]