Russian diplomats use hand-pulled trolley to cross N Korea border

It took a group of eight, including a three-year-old, 32 hours by train and two hours by bus to reach the border on a ‘long and difficult’ journey home. A group of Russian diplomats and family members used a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea this week, amid Pyongyang’s strict anti-coronavirus measures, which include […]

Navalny probably moved to prison camp, says lawyer

Lawyer says move would violate the law, adding that Navalny’s relatives have not been informed of his whereabouts. Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been moved to an undisclosed detention centre outside Moscow that may be a prison camp, according to his lawyer and a member of a rights organisation. Navalny, a prominent critic […]

Has Alexey Navalny moved on from his nationalist past?

Alexey Navalny became the undisputed leader of anti-Kremlin political forces and anyone opposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, largely because of his muckraking videos on corruption in the Kremlin halls of power. His latest video featured a $1.31bn palatial structure allegedly built for Putin by Russia’s richest oligarchs, on the subtropical Black Sea coast. It […]

Amnesty strips Navalny of ‘prisoner of conscience’ status

Prominent rights group steps back from status having reviewed the Kremlin foe’s earlier ‘hateful’ comments. Amnesty International has stripped Alexey Navalny of the “prisoner of conscience” status it had given him, saying some of the Kremlin critic’s past comments were akin to hate speech. In a statement sent to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, the rights […]

EU agrees to sanctions on Myanmar military, Russian officials

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to impose sanctions on Myanmar’s military over its coup earlier this month and withhold some development aid, as well as blacklist Russian officials for the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny. The bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday the EU would not curb trade ties with […]

Sweden charges man with spying for Russia

Unidentified 47-year-old alleged to have handed over information to Russia for several years in return for money. Sweden has charged a 47-year-old man with spying for Russia by selling information for several years to a Russian diplomat. Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said in a statement on Monday that the unidentified man had worked as a consultant […]

EU considers sanctions on Russia, Myanmar

At a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, European Union foreign ministers are expected to weigh fresh sanctions on Russia over the imprisonment of Alexey Navalny, consider penalising Myanmar officials over the recent coup, and discuss efforts to save the imperilled 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Top diplomats from the 27-nation bloc will meet at […]

Russia reports first case of human infection with H5N8 bird flu

Health watchdog says the cases were discovered at a poultry farm in southern Russia in December. Russia has registered the first case of a strain of bird flu virus named AH5N8 being passed to humans from birds and has reported the case to the World Health Organization (WHO), the head of a health consumer watchdog […]

Israel paying millions to supply COVID-19 doses to Syria

Palestinians will likely chafe at the fact that Israel is aiding millions of Syrians while they continue to wait for their own supply of the Russian Sputnik vaccine. Israeli media report the Syrian prisoner exchange negotiated by Russia, which included the repatriation of an Israeli woman who crossed the Golan frontier into Syria, in return […]

Russian court rejects Navalny’s appeal against jail term

The Kremlin critic appealed a ruling that turned a suspended sentence on embezzlement charges into real jail time. A Moscow appeal court on Saturday upheld a prison sentence imposed on chief Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny after he returned to Russia from Germany last month. Judge Dmitry Balashov rejected Navalny’s appeal against the February 2 ruling, […]

US seen leaving Germans off Nord Stream 2 sanctions list: Report

The U.S. is likely to hold off sanctioning any German entities for now over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, according to four people familiar with the matter, as the Biden administration seeks to halt the project without antagonizing a close European ally. A key report to Congress that was due last Tuesday […]

Israel and Syria Complete a Prisoner Swap, Mediated by Russia

JERUSALEM — Israel and Syria have fought several wars, never had diplomatic relations, and still contest the sovereignty of a tract of land, the Golan Heights, that was seized by Israel from Syria in 1967. But on Thursday, the two countries shared a rare moment of indirect cooperation, participating in a Russian-mediated prisoner swap that […]

Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after President Biden’s inauguration, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, spoke publicly about the importance of dialogue with Moscow, saying that Russia is a part of Europe that cannot simply be shunned and that Europe must be strong enough to defend its own interests. On Dec. 30, just weeks before the inauguration, the […]

World’s oldest DNA sequenced from million-year-old mammoths

Teeth from mammoths buried in the Siberian permafrost for more than a million years have yielded the oldest DNA ever sequenced, according to a study published on Wednesday, shining a genetic spotlight into the deep past. Researchers said the three specimens, one roughly 800,000 years old and two more than a million years old, provide […]

European rights court calls on Russia to free Navalny immediately

European Court of Human Rights rules that Russia should release the Kremlin critic from jail, citing risks to his life. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Wednesday that Russia must release Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny from jail, citing risks to his life. The court, based in Strasbourg, France, said in a statement […]

Aslan Karatsev of Russia Continues an Unlikely Run at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — He is the mystery man who few in the sport had heard of just days ago. But Aslan Karatsev of Russia has landed in the semifinals of the Australian Open. In one of the most unlikely runs in the history of modern tennis, Karatsev on Tuesday became one of the few players […]

In Pictures: Russia and France bury their dead 200 years later

The remains of French and Russian soldiers who died during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812 were laid to rest with military honours in a rare moment of unity between the two countries. Officials gathered with descendants of 19th-century Russian and French military leaders at a windswept ceremony on Saturday in the western Russian town […]

In Pictures: Russians show Valentine’s Day support for Navalny

Supporters of opposition leader Alexey Navalny held candle-lit gatherings in residential courtyards across Russia on Sunday despite warnings that they could be arrested. Navalny’s allies have declared a moratorium on street rallies until spring in Russia after police detained thousands of people in the past few weeks at protests against the opposition politician’s arrest and […]

Russia reports 14,185 new COVID-19 cases, 430 deaths in past 24 hours

Making the cut: New Delhi orders eateries to display slaughter style or lose license NEW DELHI: Officials from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said on Saturday that restaurants in the district risk losing their licenses if they fail to display the method of slaughter used for animal meat served at their eateries, even as […]

Alexey Navalny appears in court on defamation charges

Kremlin critic, facing charges of insulting a WWII veteran, says the case is politically motivated. Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has appeared in a Moscow court facing charges of insulting a World War II veteran, after being ordered to prison in a separate case that sparked global outrage and mass protests in Russia The hearing […]

Russia ready to cut ties with EU if hit with painful sanctions

Russia has said it is prepared to cut ties with the European Union, should the bloc follow through with a threat to impose punishing sanctions on Moscow, as the row over Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny escalates. On Friday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in televised remarks that Russia is ready to retaliate if the EU […]