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White House blacklists Russian ransomware payment 'enabler'

Sep. 21, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration sought Tuesday to choke the finances of criminal ransomware gangs, announcing sanctions against a Russia-based virtual currency brokerage that officials say helped at least eight ransomware gangs launder virtual currency. The...

Kremlin's party gets 324 of 450 seats in Russian parliament

Sep. 21, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's ruling party will get 324 of the 450 seats in the next national parliament, election authorities announced Tuesday. The number is less than the pro-Kremlin party, United Russia, won in the previous election but still an overwhelming majority. ...

Survivors of Russian university shooting airlifted to Moscow

Sep. 21, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Seven survivors of a shooting at a university in central Russia that left six people dead and 28 more wounded are to be airlifted to Moscow for medical treatment on Tuesday, according to a top education official. Minister of Science and Higher Education...

In Russian Far East city, discontent smolders amid election

Sep. 21, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

KHABAROVSK, Russia (AP) — The handful of demonstrators gathering each evening in Khabarovsk are a shadow of the masses who took part in an unusually sustained wave of protests last year in the Russian Far Eastern city, but they are a chronic reminder of the political tensions that persist....

UK police charge 3rd Russian in 2018 poisoning of ex-spy

Sep. 21, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police said Tuesday they are charging a third Russian suspect, a member of the country's military intelligence service, in the 2018 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England. Prosecutors believe there is sufficient evidence to charge...

Shooting at Russian university leaves 6 dead, 28 hurt

Sep. 21, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A student opened fire Monday at a university in Russia, leaving six people dead and 28 hurt before being shot by police and detained, officials said. Other students and staff locked themselves in rooms during the attack and video on Russian news sites showed some students...

Pro-Kremlin party keeps large majority in Russian parliament

Sep. 20, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s ruling party retained its supermajority in parliament, further cementing President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power following elections that excluded most opposition politicians and were marred by multiple reports of violations. The vote was...

Early results in Russia show pro-Kremlin party leads

Sep. 19, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Early results Sunday in Russia's parliamentary election showed the dominant pro-Kremlin party well in the lead, but it was unclear if the party will retain the two-thirds majority of seats that allow it to change the constitution. The election is widely...

Communists, observers report violations in Russian election

Sep. 18, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's Communist Party, the country's second-largest political party, is alleging widespread violations in the election for a new national parliament in which his party is widely expected to gain seats. Late Saturday, a YouTube video in which...

Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins

Sep. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Facing Kremlin pressure, Apple and Google on Friday removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities, as polls opened for three days of balloting in Russia's parliamentary election. ...