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Everything you need to know about Russia’s 2024 presidential election

Feb. 29, 2024 05:12 AM EST

Russia’s 2024 presidential election isn't expected to bring change to the Kremlin. With most opposition figures either in jail or abroad and many independent media outlets blocked, the Kremlin maintains tight control over the country's political system. March's vote is all but...

Putin pays tribute to Russian national unity as fighting grinds on in Ukraine

Feb. 29, 2024 04:37 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hailed Russian national unity, even as fighting raged on in Ukraine, in a state-of-the-nation address ahead of next month’s election he’s all but certain to win. Speaking to an audience of lawmakers and top officials televised...

Russian President Vladimir Putin starts delivering his state-of-the-nation address

Feb. 29, 2024 04:21 AM EST
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin starts delivering his state-of-the-nation address.

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

Feb. 28, 2024 14:00 PM EST

The funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died earlier this month in a remote Arctic penal colony, will take place 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...

Moldovan breakaway region appeals to Russia as a spat with the pro-Western government worsens

Feb. 28, 2024 13:19 PM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Officials in Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Moscow for protection Wednesday, as tensions escalate with the pro-Western government. Moldova, a candidate to join the European Union, imposed new customs duties on Jan....

Soviet ex-premier Nikolai Ryzhkov, who vainly tried to prevent USSR's economic meltdown, dies at 94

Feb. 28, 2024 13:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Nikolai Ryzhkov, a former Soviet prime minister who presided over botched efforts to shore up the crumbling national economy in the final years of the USSR, has died. He was 94. During his six-year tenure, Ryzhkov worked to implement Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's...

Funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died in prison, will be held Friday in Moscow, spokeswoman says

Feb. 28, 2024 04:38 AM EST
MOSCOW (AP) — Funeral of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died in prison, will be held Friday in Moscow, spokeswoman says.

Germany and Poland say they're not sending troops to Ukraine as the Kremlin warns of a wider war

Feb. 27, 2024 19:10 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European military heavyweights Germany and Poland affirmed Tuesday that they would not be sending troops to Ukraine, after reports that some Western countries may be considering doing so as the war with Russia enters its third year. The head of NATO also said the...

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...

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...