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The funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will be on Friday, spokesperson says

Feb. 28, 2024 09:48 AM EST

The funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died earlier this month in a remote Arctic penal colony, will take place on Friday in Moscow after several locations declined to host the service, his spokesperson said. His funeral will be held at a church in Moscow’s...

Prominent Russian human rights activist Oleg Orlov gets 2 1/2 years in prison for criticizing war

Feb. 27, 2024 13:42 PM EST

A veteran human rights campaigner who criticized the war in Ukraine was convicted Tuesday by a Moscow court of “repeatedly discrediting” the Russian military and sentenced to 2½ years in prison. Oleg Orlov, 70, co-chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights group...

Deep divisions on Russia's war in Ukraine were evident at a meeting of 4 Central European countries

Feb. 27, 2024 10:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Four Central European countries are deeply divided over the Russian war against Ukraine and how to resolve the conflict, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said on Tuesday. The four post-communist countries form an informal...

What's life like for Russia's political prisoners? Isolation, poor food and arbitrary punishment

Feb. 27, 2024 00:09 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Vladimir Kara-Murza could only laugh when officials in Penal Colony No. 6 inexplicably put a small cabinet in his already-cramped concrete cell, next to a fold-up cot, stool, sink and latrine. That moment of dark humor came because the only things he had to...

Navalny aides say the Russian opposition leader was close to being freed before his death

Feb. 26, 2024 22:06 PM EST

Associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday that talks were underway shortly before his death to exchange him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany. “Alexei Navalny could have been sitting here now, today. It's not a figure of speech,” Maria Pevchikh, a close...

Moscow ally Serbia cracks down on anti-war Russians living in the Balkan country

Feb. 26, 2024 15:48 PM EST

ROGACA, Serbia (AP) — When Elena Koposova signed an open letter against Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, she didn’t expect a backlash in her newly adopted home state of Serbia. After all, Serbia is formally seeking to join the European Union while adopting all the...

Who is Vadim Krasikov, a Russian jailed in Germany and linked to a possible prisoner exchange?

Feb. 26, 2024 14:25 PM EST

Vadim Krasikov’s name has come up several times in recent weeks in relation to prisoner exchanges between Russia and Western countries. Here's what to know. Which prisoners' names have come up? Associates of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Monday that...

Russia wants to imprison the co-chair of Nobel-winning rights group over criticism of war in Ukraine

Feb. 26, 2024 07:29 AM EST

Russian authorities on Monday sought a prison sentence of nearly three years for a veteran human rights advocate who spoke out against the war in Ukraine. The prosecution demanded that Oleg Orlov, 70, be convicted of “repeatedly discrediting” the Russian army and sentenced to two...

Belarus' election reinforces the authoritarian leader's 30-year rule. Only loyalists could run

Feb. 26, 2024 07:25 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Monday announced preliminary results from parliamentary and local elections in which only candidates loyal to the country's authoritarian leader were allowed to compete and the opposition called for a boycott. The vote further...

Delays in promised Western military aid to Ukraine are costing lives, the defense minister says

Feb. 25, 2024 22:17 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Half of all Western military support promised to Ukraine fails to arrive on time, complicating the task of military planners and ultimately costing the lives of soldiers in Russia's war, Ukraine's defense minister said Sunday. Rustan Umerov, speaking at the...