Saturday, April 10, 2021

Russia

Putin signs law that could keep him in Kremlin until 2036

Putin is serving his fourth term as president but with his signature, that total is now reset to zero.

Russia registers world’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals

Mass production of the Carnivac-Cov vaccine could begin in April.

China, Russia foreign ministers meet in show of unity against West

In the last century Moscow and Beijing were Cold War communist rivals but they are now forging extensive economic, military and scientific ties.

‘Takes one to know one’: Putin mocks Biden over ‘killer’ comment

However the Russian leader rules out severing ties with the US altogether.

Russia recalls envoy after Biden says ‘killer’ Putin will ‘pay the price’

However, the US says its ambassador to Russia will remain in Moscow.

White House imposes sanctions on Moscow for poisoning opposition leader Navalny

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has always denied poisoning Navalny, saying if his security services had done the job Navalny would not have survived.

SolarWinds hack required massive, sophisticated effort, says Microsoft head

Microsoft, one of more than 100 companies attacked and 18,000 left vulnerable by the hack, has analysed the work it took to insert malware into widely used security software created by SolarWinds.

Valentine’s Day show of support for Navalny with candlelight vigils across Russia

There were no large-scale arrests or clashes with the police although law enforcement agencies said that people taking part in unsanctioned rallies could face criminal charges.

‘Merciless’ Russia may face new sanctions over Navalny, says EU

The EU's top diplomat says Russia wants to break away from Europe and divide the West.

Germany, Poland, Sweden expel Russians in diplomatic tit-for-tat over Navalny demos

Moscow says the expelled EU diplomats had participated in demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny.

Doctor in charge of treating Navalny for poisoning dies suddenly at 55

It's not uncommon for Russian frontline doctors of his age to suddenly die, but rumours of foul play are circulating.

Over 10,000 reportedly detained at recent Navalny rallies in Russia

Detainees were held for hours 'in horrid and stuffy conditions, without food or the opportunity to use a bathroom', says one monitor group.

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