How Putin’s Russia evolved from tolerating to suppressing dissent

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — When charismatic opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down on a bridge near the Kremlin in February 2015, more than 50,000 Muscovites expressed their shock and outrage the next day at the brazen assassination. Police stood aside as they rallied and chanted anti-government slogans. Nine years later, stunned and angry Russians … Read more

Navalny’s mother brings flowers to his grave a day after thousands attended his funeral in Moscow

Lyudmila Navalnaya and Alla Abrosimova, the Russian’s mother and mother-in-law opposition leader Alexei Navalnywere among the mourners who brought flowers to his grave in Moscow on Saturday, a day later thousands made his funeral one of the largest recent expressions of dissent. There was a strong police presence at the cemetery, but the situation was … Read more

A swap for Navalny was in the final stages before the opposition leader’s death, an associate says

Aides to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Monday that talks were underway shortly before his death to swap him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany. “Alexei Navalny could have been sitting here today. It is not a figure of speech,” Maria Pevchikh, who lives outside Russia, said in a video statement. She said … Read more

Alexei Navalny was killed on eve of prisoner swap, his team claims – POLITICO

Pevchikh said the deal involved Vadim Krasikov, an FSB agent jailed in Germany for the 2019 murder of a former Chechen commander, and “two American citizens.” Pevchikh added that she had received confirmation late on February 15 that such a swap would take place, but believed Putin had then changed his mind. “Since they are … Read more

Why the West is losing Ukraine – POLITICO

Not so dynamic duo In addition to fear, diplomats and experts pointed to the Scholz-Biden dynamic as a driving force behind the West’s overriding strategy of incrementalism and escalation management, rather than a focus on strategic results, in dealing with Ukraine. Despite a sixteen-year age difference, both men came of age politically during the Cold … Read more

White House promises major sanctions on Russia over Navalny’s death

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is preparing additional “major sanctions” against Russia in response to comments from opposition leader Alexei Navalny. dead last week in a penal colony in the Arctic. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the sanctions, on the eve of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, … Read more

Julian Assange: Final UK legal challenge to stop WikiLeaks’ founder’s US extradition

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange’s Lawyers on Tuesday launched a final British legal challenge to stop the creation of WikiLeaks sent to the United States is accused of espionage, on the grounds that US authorities want to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the US government. Lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said Assange “could face … Read more

Alexey Navalny’s widow says Russia “hiding his body, refusing to give it to his mother”

Adding to the fear experienced by the family of late Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, his mother and team have reportedly been denied access to his body and told by investigators that the official investigation into his death is being extended, and it is unclear how long this will take. to take. “They are cowardly … Read more

Alexei Navalny: Over 400 detained as Russia mourns

More than 400 people were arrested in Russia while paying tribute opposition leader Alexei Navalnywho died in a remote penal colony in the Arctic, a prominent rights group said Sunday. The sudden death of 47-year-old Navalny was a crushing blow to many Russians, who had pinned their hopes for the future on President Vladimir Putin’s … Read more

Germany’s Defense Minister Boris Pistorius says 2% defense spending just the start

However, Boris Pistorius, Germany’s defense minister, stressed that the 2% spending was always intended as a minimum. “2% can only be the beginning. We may need more in the coming years,” Pistorius said in a CNBC-moderated panel at the Munich Security Conference. Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during a ‘Get … Read more