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Russia rejects calls from Europe court to release Navalny
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Russia rejects calls from Europe court to release Navalny

Europe’s rights court told Russia yesterday to release jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny out of concern for his life, but Moscow swiftly rejected the call. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken opponent, was arrested and jailed upon returning to Russia last month following months of treatment in Germany for a nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin. His jailing sparked the largest anti-government demonstrations in years and a new crisis in Russia’s ties with the West, whose leaders are demanding the anti-corruption campaigner be set free. Navalny, 44, appealed to the European Court of Human Rights for his release on January 20, just days after his arrest at a Moscow airport, saying his life was in danger if he remained in custody. The Strasbourg-based cou...
People injured in supermarket explosion in Russia’s Vladikavkaz
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People injured in supermarket explosion in Russia’s Vladikavkaz

A powerful explosion rocked a supermarket in Russia's Vladikavkaz, the capital of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, leaving some people injured, a spokesman for emergency services told Sputnik on Friday. "An explosion occurred inside a supermarket on Gagkayeva street," the spokesman said. According to the spokesman, the one-story building was destroyed completely. "It was presumably a gas explosion. There are casualties," he continued.
Russia says Norway becoming ‘parade-ground’ for Nato
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Russia says Norway becoming ‘parade-ground’ for Nato

Russia yesterday claimed Norway was becoming the site of a military build-up on its frontiers ahead of the arrival this month of US bombers for exercises. “We certainly can’t talk of calm when tensions are rising on Russia’s borders and a powerful parade-ground is forming for military operations against our country” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters in Moscow. American B-1B strategic bombers are expected this month at Norway’s Orland airbase for joint training with the country’s air force, which guards the Nato alliance’s northern flank. Zakharova claimed the Norwegian-US cooperation was “the latest in a series of similar events”, highlighting the “permanent” presence of “American, British and Dutch” marines in northern Norway. She also noted a “port f...
Russia records less than 15,000 cases in past 24 hours for first time since mid-October
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Russia records less than 15,000 cases in past 24 hours for first time since mid-October

Russia's single-day increase in COVID-19 cases fell below 15,000 for the first time since October 17, as 14,494 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours (down from 15,019 the day before), the response center said on Wednesday. "Over the past day, 14,494 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 85 regions, including 1,458 cases (10.1 percent) that were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the center said, adding that the cumulative case count has now reached 4,012,710, with the rate of increase at 0.36 percent. Moscow confirmed 1,441 new coronavirus cases over the given period, down from 1,584 the day before. The Russian capital was followed by St Petersburg with 1,169 new cases, up from 1,078 the day before, and the Moscow Region with 650 new cases, down fr...
Russia reports 16,627 Covid-19 cases, 497 deaths
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Russia reports 16,627 Covid-19 cases, 497 deaths

Russia's COVID-19 response centre reported 16,627 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, with 497 patients dying of the virus. This brings the overall case count to 3,951,233. A large share of new cases (2,214) was reported in Moscow, the epicentre of the outbreak in Russia. St Petersburg reported 1,248 cases. The death toll now stands at 76,229. Sixty COVID-19 patients died in Moscow in the past day and 45 in St Petersburg. Almost 23,000 patients were discharged after making a full recovery from the coronavirus. The number of people who have recovered since the pandemic began has reached 3,436,326.
Russia should release Journalists detained at protests, says Committee to Protect Journalists
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Russia should release Journalists detained at protests, says Committee to Protect Journalists

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged Russia to release journalists detained during the January 23 and January 31 unauthorized protests. "Russian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all journalists detained during recent protests, and allow members of the press to cover political demonstrations without fear," the CPJ said in a statement. "Russian authorities should stop punishing journalists who are doing their jobs and immediately drop all charges against all media workers being targeted for their reporting on the protests of January 23 and 31. Journalists covering civil unrest should be protected by law enforcement, not detained and harassed," Gulnoza Said, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, said. Earlier, the head of th...
Navalny’s supporters head to protests despite looming crackdown
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Navalny’s supporters head to protests despite looming crackdown

Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were preparing to rally in dozens of cities across Russia today even as authorities vowed a crackdown on protesters. Allies of Russia's leading opposition figure ― who was jailed upon returning to Moscow after a near-fatal poisoning with a nerve agent ― said they would take to the streets despite police warnings that unsanctioned public events would be “immediately suppressed”. In the days leading up to the rallies several key Navalny aides were taken into police custody for violating protest laws and handed short jail sentences to keep them away from the protests. In a post on Instagram, Navalny's wife Yulia said she would join the protest in Moscow: “For myself, for him, for our children, for the values and the ideals that we sh...
Kremlin critic Navalny decries ‘mockery of justice’ at hearing
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Kremlin critic Navalny decries ‘mockery of justice’ at hearing

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said today he was facing a “mockery of justice” as police in Moscow organised a makeshift court hearing a day after his dramatic airport arrest. With calls growing in the West for Navalny’s release, he was brought into a courtroom set up at the police station in Khimki on the outskirts of Moscow where he was taken following his detention last night. Aides said Navalny, who returned to Russia for the first time since being poisoned with a nerve agent in August, was denied access to his lawyers and notified at the last minute of the hearing. His team released a video of an incredulous Navalny at the hearing. “I’ve seen a lot of mockery of justice... but they have ripped up and thrown away” Russia’s criminal code, Navalny said. “This is imp...
Russia detains Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, faces clash with Western nations
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Russia detains Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, faces clash with Western nations

Police detained prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on arrival in Moscow on Sunday after he flew home to Russia from Germany for the first time since he was poisoned last summer, triggering a political clash with the West. The move, which could see Navalny jailed for 3.5 years for allegedly flouting the terms of a suspended prison sentence, may reignite political pressure on the West to tighten sanctions on Russia, especially against an $11.6 billion project to build a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. In a case that drew wide international attention, Navalny was poisoned last summer by what German military tests showed was a Novichok nerve agent, a version of events the Kremlin rejects. Navalny recovered in Germany and after he said last week he planned t...
Russia extends ban on UK flights until 1 February
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Russia extends ban on UK flights until 1 February

Russia has extended a ban on flights to and from Britain until the end of February 1 due to the new coronavirus variant detected in the UK, Russia's coronavirus. Russia, which has already reported a case of the more infectious coronavirus variant, has had the flight ban in place since December 22.
Putin insists on recognition of USSR’s WWII role
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Putin insists on recognition of USSR’s WWII role

In a lengthy article in a US journal, Russian President Vladimir Putin insists on recognition of the Soviet Union as the prime defeater of Nazi Germany, criticizes Poland’s actions before the war and defends the annexation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The article, titled “The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II,” appeared in the National Interest journal on Thursday, six days before a huge military parade in Red Square to commemorate the end of World War II in Europe. The timing underlines how the war, in which the Soviet Union lost an estimated 27 million people, is a linchpin of Russia’s national identity and how officials bristle at any questioning of the USSR’s role. “It is essential to pass on to future generations the memory of the fact that the Nazis w...
OPEC, Russia extend record oil cuts to end of July
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OPEC, Russia extend record oil cuts to end of July

OPEC, Russia and allies agreed on Saturday to extend record oil production cuts until the end of July, prolonging a deal that has helped crude prices double in the past two months by withdrawing almost 10% of global supplies from the market. The group, known as OPEC+, also demanded countries such as Nigeria and Iraq, which exceeded production quotas in May and June, compensate with extra cuts in July to September. OPEC+ had initially agreed in April that it would cut supply by 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) during May-June to prop up prices that collapsed due to the coronavirus crisis. Those cuts were due to taper to 7.7 million bpd from July to December. “Demand is returning as big oil-consuming economies emerge from pandemic lockdown. But we are not out of the woods yet and c...
OPEC, Russia meet to extend record oil cuts, push for compliance
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OPEC, Russia meet to extend record oil cuts, push for compliance

OPEC and its allies led by Russia meet on Saturday to approve extending record oil production cuts and to push countries such as Iraq and Nigeria to comply better with existing curbs. The producers known as OPEC+ previously agreed to cut supply by a record 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) during May-June to prop up prices that collapsed due to the coronavirus crisis. Cuts have been due to taper to 7.7 million bpd from July to December. OPEC+ sources have said Saudi Arabia and Russia had agreed to extend record cuts throughout July although Riyadh would prefer to see cut extended throughout August. Global benchmark Brent crude , which slumped below $20 a barrel in April, rose nearly 6% on Friday to trade at a three-month high above $42. Saturday’s video conferences will start w...
Afghanistan defends offensive ops against Taliban after Russia’s caution
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Afghanistan defends offensive ops against Taliban after Russia’s caution

Afghanistan has said its decision to resume offensive operations against the Taliban and other terrorist groups following two attacks on Tuesday that killed scores of Afghans, including newborns, was a “legitimate defensive position”. Tuesday’s attack on the maternity hospital in Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul prompted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to switch from an “active defensive” mode to an “offensive” mode and to resume attacks on the Taliban. The Taliban has distanced itself from the attack on the maternity hospital, which was carried out by four suicide attackers clad in military uniforms, according to reports in the Afghan media. All the attackers were also killed. “In order to keep its people secure and thwart such terrorist attacks, the Afghan government declared its legi...