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FILE - In this file photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia. As Russia's most determined and durable opposition figure, Alexei Navalny has employed an astute understanding of social media and an accountant's ability to wade through financial data, a knack for sardonic humor and fierce resolve in the face of repeated threats. Now, his family, friends and supporters have a new reason to worry. The 44-year-old opposition remained in grave condition in a Siberian hospital Friday more than a day after he became ill on a flight back to Moscow and fell into a coma. His allies suspect he drank poisoned tea before boarding the plane. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Russian opposition leader Navalny 'risks his life every day'

Aug. 21, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — As Russia’s most determined and durable opposition figure, Alexei Navalny has employed an astute understanding of social media and an accountant’s ability to wade through financial data, a knack for sardonic humor and fierce resolve in the face of repeated threats. Navalny, a...

US, Russia still at odds over new nuclear arms treaty

Aug. 18, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United States and Russia concluded two days of arms control talks Tuesday with the two sides still at odds over the U.S. demand to include China in any new treaty but showing signs of a possible willingness to extend the existing New START deal, which expires next year. U.S. negotiator...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greet WWII veterans during an opening ceremony of the monument in honour of the World War II Red Army, in the village of Khoroshevo, just outside Rzhev, about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northwest of Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020,  urged his Belarusian counterpart to release 33 Russian contractors arrested in Belarus on charges of planning to foment unrest ahead of the country's presidential vote.  (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Leaders of Russia and Belarus discuss arrested contractors

Aug. 7, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Belarus moved Friday to mend a rift caused by Belarusian authorities' arrest of 33 Russian security contractors on charges of planning to foment unrest ahead of the country's presidential election. Belarusian authorities accused the Russian contractors of planning...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, shakes hand with Ukrainian journalist Dmitro Gordon prior to his interview in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA, Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus' leader of 26 years warns against election protests

Aug. 6, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus warned political opponents Thursday that authorities won't allow any unsanctioned demonstrations following the weekend election in which he is seeking a sixth consecutive term. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation with...

Deputy head of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev pauses, during a meeting with members of the United Russia party's staff in the Gorky residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Medvedev on Wednesday described Belarus' arrest of dozens of Russian private security contractors as a presidential campaign stunt and warned that it would have grave consequences for the ties between the two neighbors and allies. (Yekaterina Shtukina, Sputnik, Photo via AP)

Russia warns Belarus will pay price for contractors' arrests

Aug. 5, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's security chief described the arrest of 33 Russian private military contractors in Belarus as a presidential campaign stunt and warned Wednesday that it would have grave consequences for ties between the two neighbors and allies. Authorities arrested the Russian contractors outside...