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The UK government blames Russian intelligence for prolonged efforts to meddle in British politics

Dec. 07, 2023 18:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Russia's intelligence services have targeted high-profile British politicians, civil servants and journalists with cyberespionage as part of years-long attempts to interfere in U.K. politics, Britain's government said Thursday. The Foreign Office said Russia's FSB...

Kremlin foe Navalny's lawyers to remain in detention at least through mid-March, Russian court rules

Dec. 07, 2023 14:38 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Moscow court extended on Thursday pre-trial detentions for three lawyers who once represented imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The three were arrested in October on charges of participating in an extremist group, a case widely seen as a means to ramp up...

Putin moves a step closer to a fifth term as president after Russia sets 2024 election date

Dec. 07, 2023 13:29 PM EST

Lawmakers in Russia set the country’s 2024 presidential election for March 17, moving Vladimir Putin a step closer to a fifth term in office. Members of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, voted unanimously Thursday to approve a decree setting the date. ...

Allies of Russian opposition leader Navalny post billboards asking citizens to vote against Putin

Dec. 07, 2023 12:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Opposition activists in Russia came up with a way to get around Kremlin censorship while urging citizens to vote against President Vladimir Putin in an election next year: billboards disguised as a New Year's greeting. The Anti-Corruption Foundation founded by...

Putin continues his blitz round of Mideast diplomacy by hosting the Iranian president

Dec. 07, 2023 10:59 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Iran’s president Thursday as part of a blitz round of Middle East diplomacy that also included visits to United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in efforts to raise Moscow’s profile as a power broker in the region. Putin has...

Japan pledges $4.5B more in aid for Ukraine, including $1B in humanitarian funds

Dec. 07, 2023 09:27 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged $4.5 billion to Ukraine, including $1 billion in humanitarian aid to help support the war-torn country's recovery effort in an online summit of leading industrial nations. Kishida made the announcement late Wednesday in...

Russian girl shoots several classmates, leaving 1 dead, before killing herself

Dec. 07, 2023 09:13 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian girl shot several classmates at school Thursday, killing one person and wounding five others before killing herself, state news agencies and authorities said. The shooting happened at a school in Bryansk, a city in a region of the same name that borders...

Russian lawmakers set the country's presidential election for March 17, 2024, clearing way for Putin to seek a 5th term

Dec. 07, 2023 02:29 AM EST
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers set the country's presidential election for March 17, 2024, clearing way for Putin to seek a 5th term.

A former Ukrainian lawmaker who fled to Russia found shot dead outside of Moscow

Dec. 06, 2023 17:26 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A renegade Ukrainian lawmaker who fled to Russia shortly after Moscow's invasion was found dead on Wednesday near Moscow. The Ukrainian military intelligence lauded the killing, warning that other “traitors of Ukraine” would share the same fate. Illia...

Russia's Putin is visiting the UAE and Saudi Arabia, seeking to bolster Moscow's Mideast clout

Dec. 06, 2023 17:02 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a lightning tour intended to raise Moscow's profile as a Middle East power broker, even as his war in Ukraine grinds on. Putin landed in Abu Dhabi,...