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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...

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...

UN: Russia intensifies attacks on Ukraine’s energy facilities, worsening humanitarian conditions

Dec. 06, 2023 23:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Intensifying Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy facilities are worsening humanitarian conditions across the war-torn country, where heavy snow and freezing temperatures have already arrived, U.N. officials said Wednesday. Assistant Secretary-General...

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,...

US files war crime charges against Russians accused of torturing an American in the Ukraine invasion

Dec. 06, 2023 13:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Russian men accused of torturing an American during the invasion of Ukraine have been charged with war crimes in a first-of-its-kind case, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. It is the first prosecution against members of the Russian armed forces...

Under Putin, the uber-wealthy Russians known as 'oligarchs' are still rich but far less powerful

Dec. 06, 2023 08:29 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, the outside world viewed those Russians known as “oligarchs” as men who whose vast wealth, ruthlessly amassed, made them almost shadow rulers. A “government of the few,” in the word's etymology. The term has...

The West has sanctioned Russia's rich. But is that really punishing Putin and helping Ukraine?

Dec. 06, 2023 01:11 AM EST

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Sitting on a terrace in Verona as the bells toll at a nearby medieval church, Igor Makarov sips coffee as he describes his life as a billionaire under Western sanctions. Most of his fortune earned doing business in Russia and the former Soviet Union is frozen,...