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In this photo taken from a video published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walks down stairs in a hospital in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Navalny, who is being treated in a German hospital for suspected poisoning by a nerve agent, says on social media that he is recovering verbal and physical abilities despite despairing at first. (Navalny Instagram via AP)

Russia's Navalny says he's now more than 'technically alive'

Sep. 19, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he is recovering his verbal and physical abilities at the German hospital where he is being treated for suspected nerve agent poisoning but that he at first felt despair over his condition. Navalny, the most visible opponent of Russian President...

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber, assigned to the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, lands during exercise Lightning Focus at Royal Australian Air Force Base (RAAF) in Darwin, Australia, Dec. 6, 2018. The U.S. Air Force flew three B-1 heavy bombers over the East Siberian Sea, north of Russia’s far east, as part of recent maneuvers that the military said Friday are meant to demonstration of American capabilities and ability to support allies, but which a Russian commander blasted as “hostile and provocative.” The flight of the three Texas-based U.S. Air Force Reserve B-1 Lancer bombers on Thursday followed a similar mission a week ago in which three temporarily Britain-based B-52 bombers were flown over Ukrainian airspace, near Russia’s western flank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail via AP)

Russian military says US flights near Crimea fuel tensions

Sep. 18, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Friday accused the U.S. and its allies of provoking tensions in the Black Sea region with a sharp increase in the number of bomber patrols and intelligence flights. Col.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, head of the Russian General Staff's main operational department, charged that...

This handout photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, shows himself, centre, and his wife Yulia, right, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, top left, posing for a photo in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has posted the picture of himself in a hospital in Germany and says he's breathing on his own. He posted on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020:

Kremlin chafes at Navalny team taking suspected evidence

Sep. 18, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin accused colleagues of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Friday of hampering a Russian investigation by taking items from his hotel room out of the country, including a water bottle the colleagues claimed had traces of the Soviet nerve agent that German authorities said was used...

This handout photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, shows himself, centre, and his wife Yulia, right, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, top left, posing for a photo in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has posted the picture of himself in a hospital in Germany and says he's breathing on his own. He posted on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020:

Navalny team alleges Novichok found in hotel water bottle

Sep. 17, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Colleagues of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday that a water bottle with a trace of the Novichok nerve agent was found in his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk after he fell ill on a flight from there to Moscow last month. Navalny later was flown to Germany, where...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a meeting with the country's political activists in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.(Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus leader Lukashenko disparages protests as US plan

Sep. 16, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian leader on Wednesday sought to disparage protesters demanding his resignation for a sixth straight week following a disputed election by accusing the United States of fomenting the unrest. In a long speech to top officials, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko...

This handout photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, shows himself, centre, and his wife Yulia, right, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, top left, posing for a photo in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has posted the picture of himself in a hospital in Germany and says he's breathing on his own. He posted on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020:

German government calls Navalny recovery 'encouraging'

Sep. 16, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday welcomed news that poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's condition has further improved after his poisoning in Russia and confirmed that Moscow had sent a second request for judicial assistance in the case. Navalny, who fell ill on a domestic...

In this photo taken from video and released by Russian Presidential Press Service, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Belarus' authoritarian president is visiting Russia in a bid to secure more loans and political support as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule enter their sixth week. Alexander Lukashenko's talks Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come a day after an estimated 150,000 flooded the streets of the Belarusian capital, demanding Lukashenko's resignation. (Russian Presidential Press Service via AP)

Belarusian opposition condemns Russia for backing Lukashenko

Sep. 15, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Tuesday that a $1.5 billion loan it offered to Belarus carried no political conditions, despite claims by the Belarusian opposition that Russia was trying to shore up the nation's authoritarian president amid post-election protests. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced...

This handout photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, shows himself, centre, and his wife Yulia, right, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, top left, posing for a photo in a hospital in Berlin, Germany.  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has posted the picture of himself in a hospital in Germany and says he's breathing on his own. He posted on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020:

Navalny posts hospital photo of himself, plans Russia return

Sep. 15, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed in Germany where he's recuperating from being poisoned with a nerve agent, wryly joking about being able to breathe on his own. “Hi, this is Navalny,” he wrote in the...

FILE- In this file photo taken on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko meet in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia.  Alexander Lukashenko's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday Sept. 14, 2020, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi come a day after an estimated 150,000 people flooded the streets of the Belarusian capital, demanding Lukashenko's resignation. (Sergei Chirikov/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Belarus leader visits Putin to secure support amid protests

Sep. 14, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president visited Russia on Monday in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week. President Alexander Lukashenko’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black...

FILE- In this Dec. 26, 2019, file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media in front of a security officer standing guard at the Foundation for Fighting Corruption office in Moscow, Russia. The German government says specialist labs in France and Sweden have confirmed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russian opposition leader Navalny able to leave hospital bed

Sep. 14, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is able to breathe on his own and briefly leave his hospital bed, his doctors said Monday, while Germany announced that French and Swedish labs have confirmed its findings that he was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. Navalny, 44, was...