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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Russia announced Friday that it will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the pact. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia follows US in withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty

Jan. 15, 2021 10:17 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said on Friday that it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities after the U.S. exit from the pact, compounding the challenges faced by the incoming administration of president-elect Joe Biden. Russia’s Foreign Ministry...

In this handout photo taken from a video released on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, by Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny in his instagram account, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny gestures as he records his address. Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he will fly home to Russia over the weekend despite the Russian prison service's latest motion to put him behind bars for allegedly breaching the terms of his suspended sentence and probation. (Navalny instagram account via AP)

Russia prison agency warns Navalny he faces immediate arrest

Jan. 14, 2021 8:02 AM EST

Russia's prison service said Thursday that top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny faces immediate arrest once he returns from Germany. Navalny, who has been convalescing in Germany from an August poisoning with a nerve agent that he has blamed on the Kremlin, said he will fly back home Sunday. He accused Russian...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 1, 2014 file photo, a Ukrainian man stands in protest in front of gunmen in unmarked uniforms as they stand guard in balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol, Crimea. The European Court of Human Rights decided Thursday Jan. 14, 2021, to start considering Ukraine's complaint against alleged human rights violations in the Russia-annexed Crimea. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov, File)

Europe's rights court accepts Ukraine case against Russia

Jan. 14, 2021 7:37 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Europe’s top human rights court agreed Thursday to look into Ukraine’s complaint against alleged human rights violations in the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula. The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights, or ECHR, concluded that Ukraine's case against Russia is backed...

In this handout photo taken from a video released on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, by Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny in his instagram account, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny gestures as he records his address. Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he will fly home to Russia over the weekend despite the Russian prison service's latest motion to put him behind bars for allegedly breaching the terms of his suspended sentence and probation. (Navalny instagram account via AP)

Kremlin foe Navalny says he will fly home despite threats

Jan. 13, 2021 9:09 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he plans to go home to Russia next weekend despite the authorities' threats to put him once again behind bars. Navalny, who has been convalescing in Germany from an August poisoning with a nerve agent that he has blamed on the Kremlin, charged that...

In this image taken from a video released on Dec. 31, 2020 by Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny on his Instagram account, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, foreground right, his wife Yulia, foreground left, his daughter Daria, right, and son Zakhar pose for a selfie. Russia’s prison service has asked a Moscow court to put top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny behind bars for breaching the terms of his suspended sentence and probation. Navalny, who is convalescing in Germany from an August poisoning with a nerve agent that he has blamed on the Kremlin, alleged Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021, that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the new legal motion. (Navalny instagram account via AP)

Russia's prison service seeks to jail Kremlin critic Navalny

Jan. 12, 2021 3:17 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s prison service has asked a Moscow court to put top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny behind bars for breaching the terms of his suspended sentence and probation. Navalny, who is convalescing in Germany from an August poisoning with a nerve agent that he has blamed on the Kremlin,...

Russian Emergency employees work at the scene of an accident, just outside of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. At least four Russian soldiers died and about 20 others were injured Monday in a traffic accident near Moscow, officials said. The Russian Defense Ministry said that a truck driver lost control of his vehicle and rammed into a convoy of military buses on a highway just northwest of the capital. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

4 Russian soldiers die, over 40 injured in road crash

Jan. 11, 2021 1:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — At least four Russian soldiers died and more than 40 others were injured Monday in a traffic crash near Moscow, officials said. The Defense Ministry said that a truck driver lost control of his vehicle and rammed into a convoy of military buses on a highway just northwest of the capital. Two...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attends a talks with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, second left, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, left, in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Putin hosted the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks after six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh that ended with a Russia-brokered peace deal in November. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Armenian, Azerbaijani leaders in Russia for talks

Jan. 11, 2021 11:38 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday hosted his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan to discuss reopening transport routes in the region that have been paralyzed for nearly three decades amid a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The talks came two months after a Russia-brokered truce...

Sadyr Zhaparov, the top presidential candidate speaks to the media after the presidential election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. A nationalist politician who was released from prison amid protests that overthrew Kyrgyzstan's president last year has been elected as his replacement. Voters in Sunday's election that gave Sadyr Zhaparov a landslide victory also approved a referendum to change the constitution to give the presidency more power. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Newly-elected Kyrgyzstan president to boost his powers

Jan. 11, 2021 8:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A nationalist politician who won a landslide victory in Kyrgyzstan's presidential election said he would push for quick constitutional changes to strengthen the powers of the presidency. Election officials said Monday that with 98% of the ballots counted, Sadyr Zhaparov was winning with 79%...

Sweden sends 2 to prison for Chechen critic hammer assault

Jan. 11, 2021 7:12 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court on Monday sentenced a man and a woman to 10 years and eight years in prison respectively for attempted murder and accessory to attempted murder in a February hammer attack on a blogger and critic of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The pair, who were not named by the Gavle...

Supporters listen to Kyrgyzstan presidential candidate Sadyr Zhaparov during a meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The presidential election will be held on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Once-jailed nationalist wins Kyrgyzstan presidency

Jan. 10, 2021 11:55 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A nationalist politician who was released from prison amid protests that overthrew Kyrgyzstan’s president last year has been elected as his replacement. Voters in Sunday’s election that gave Sadyr Zhaparov a landslide 79% victory also approved a referendum to change the...