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China, Russia start joint naval drills, days after NATO allies called Beijing a Ukraine war enabler

Jul. 14, 2024 22:38 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China and Russia's naval forces on Sunday kicked off a joint exercise at a military port in southern China on Sunday, official news agency Xinhua reported, days after NATO allies called Beijing a “decisive enabler” of the war in Ukraine. The Chinese defense...

Treason and espionage cases are rising in Russia since the war in Ukraine began

Jul. 14, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When Maksim Kolker’s phone rang at 6 a.m., and the voice on the other end said his father had been arrested, he thought it was a scam to extort money. A day earlier, he had taken his father, prominent Russian physicist Dmitry Kolker, to the hospital in his native...

Scientists, a journalist and even a bakery worker are among those convicted of treason in Russia

Jul. 14, 2024 16:31 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Over the past decade, Russia has seen a sharp increase in treason and espionage cases. Lawyers and experts say prosecutions for these high crimes started to grow after 2014 — the year that Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine....

What to know about the growing number of treason and espionage cases in today's Russia under Putin

Jul. 14, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

Treason cases were rare in Russia 30 years ago, with only a handful brought annually. In the past decade and especially since the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, however, the number has soared, along with espionage prosecutions. They are ensnaring citizens and foreigners alike. Recent...

Shelling kills 4 in Ukraine as a drone attack sparks fire at an oil depot in Russia

Jul. 13, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling of Ukraine killed four people on Saturday, officials said, as the two countries exchanged drone attacks, one of which set ablaze a Russian oil depot. Two people died in Ukraine’s partly occupied Kherson region and two were wounded in the...

Russian passenger jet crashes flying empty near Moscow, killing its crew of 3

Jul. 12, 2024 14:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian passenger jet crashed Friday near Moscow while flying without passengers, killing its crew of three, officials said. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 plummeted into a forest near the village of Apraksino about 90 kilometers (55 miles) southeast of the Russian...

Putin signs bill increasing income taxes for the wealthy in Russia

Jul. 12, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday endorsed a bill that raises income taxes for the rich, part of efforts to help fill government coffers during the fighting in Ukraine. Putin signed the bill into law two days after it was approved by both houses of...

Finnish lawmakers approve controversial law to turn away migrants at border with Russia

Jul. 12, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish lawmakers on Friday narrowly approved a controversial bill that will allow border guards to turn away third-country migrants attempting to enter from neighboring Russia and reject their asylum applications because Helsinki says Moscow is orchestrating an influx of migrants...

Russian authorities say a passenger jet has crashed near Moscow while flying empty, killing its crew of three.

Jul. 12, 2024 09:43 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities say a passenger jet has crashed near Moscow while flying empty, killing its crew of three.

Finland gives the green light to controversial law to turn away migrants at border with Russia

Jul. 12, 2024 08:22 AM EDT
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland gives the green light to controversial law to turn away migrants at border with Russia.