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Russian police search St Petersburg headquarters of opposition leader Navalny

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police searched the campaign headquarters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St Petersburg on Thursday ahead of a presidential election on March 18, a video feed streamed live to the Internet by Navalny’s supporters showed.<p>The feed showed police checking campaigners’ …

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Is Putin's Trolling 'Making Russia Great Again?' (Op-ed)

In many ways, Russia is the geopolitical equivalent of the internet troll, deliberately sowing discord. There is an obvious and severe critique to be …

Russia

HRW Declares 2017 ‘Dark Year’ for Independent Voices in Russia

“Last year was a dark year for independent voices in Russia,” HRW’s Russia program director Tanya Lokshina said in a press release accompanying its …

Russia

Putin’s Secret Armies Waged War in Syria—Where Will They Fight Next?

World Vladimir Putin Russia in Syria Syria Kremlin<p>In the desert of eastern Syria, not far from a town called Deir ez-Zor, there’s reportedly a pile …

Russia

Vladimir Putin plans to be 'tsar' for life, says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as he calls for vote boycott

For the past year, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been criss-crossing Russia on a self-proclaimed presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin, who is seeking re-election in March after 18 years in power. Now, he is campaigning against the election itself.<p>After Mr Navalny was banned …

Russia

Barred from election, Navalny vows to fight 'emperor' Putin

The Kremlin’s top critic Alexei Navalny has slammed Russia’s March presidential election, in which he is barred from running, as a sham meant to …

Russia

Putin's Real Opposition Is a Collective Shrug

Putin has no official opposition, but voter turnout will be the real key to his popularity.<p>Two months before the Russian presidential election, the country's only independent national pollster, Levada Center, has refused to publish election-related data: Because it has received overseas funding, …

Russia

The Future of Navalny's Opposition Movement

In March 2017, prominent Kremlin critic and anticorruption activist Alexei Navalny released a shocking video investigation into the secret finances …

Russia

Russian pollster stops publishing results on elections

Russia’s main independent polling agency has stopped publishing results of opinion polls on the upcoming presidential election, fearing legal …

Russia

Putin set to win Russian election, facing no real competition

Putin is set to easily win another six-year term and has already collected the necessary 300,000 signatures to be listed on the ballot in two months, …

U.S. Politics

Navalny says Russia’s oil wealth is disappearing

Alexei Navalny on his video today<p><b>by Sarah Hurst</b><p>Russia’s Reserve Fund dried up completely at the end of last year and the National Wealth Fund has …

Russia

Putin’s millennial fans can’t wait for the Russian election

MOSCOW — With its metal staircase, brick walls and bubble chairs, Project Network's office could easily be mistaken for a Silicon Valley start-up.<p>But this creative hub offers space, workshops and guidance to a specific group: pro-Kremlin Russian youths.<p>President Vladimir Putin is central to the …

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Russian officials move to shut Navalny's foundation

Russia's Justice Ministry says it has filed a lawsuit to shut down a company used by opposition leader Alexei Navalny that is being used to fund his …

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World Digest: Jan. 15, 2018

BRITAIN<p>Jets sent to intercept 2 Russian bombers<p>Britain’s Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers near U.K. airspace Monday in another illustration of ongoing tensions.<p>The RAF confirmed a “quick reaction alert,” deploying Typhoon aircraft from the Lossiemouth base in …

Russia

Russia dismisses US report as 'unfounded' - World

MOSCOW-The Kremlin has dismissed a new report by US Senate Democrats describing Russian interference in the United States and throughout Europe as …

Russia

Russian hackers are laying the groundwork to spy on the US Senate, cybersecurity firm says

The US Senate was targeted last year by the same hacking group that broke into the Democratic National Committee servers during the 2016 presidential election, according to the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro.<p>The research firm found that phishing sites were set up by Pawn Storm, also known as Fancy …

U.S. Politics

If Putin is so popular, why is he so afraid of competition?

<i>Vladimir Kara-Murza is vice chairman of the Open Russia movement and chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom.</i><p>Not once during his 18 years in power has Vladimir Putin faced off against a genuine challenger. His original competitor in the race for the Kremlin, Yevgeny Primakov — like …

Russia

Putin - Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared to be Washington’s pick for the Russian presidency, which was why the United States had complained about Navalny not being allowed to run for office.<p>Russia’s central election commission last month …

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Kremlin accuses U.S. of anti-Russia fear mongering after State Department travel warning

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday accused the U.S. State Department of cultivating “blind fear of Russia among Americans” after the department issued a travel warning this week urging U.S. citizens to reconsider visits to the country.<p>Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the …

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House Votes for More Snooping, California Mudslides Kill, Ecuador Grants Assange Citizenship: P.M. Links

The death toll for the recent mudslides in Southern California stands at 17. There are eight people still missing.<p>Ecuador has granted citizenship to …

Julian Assange

Kremlin calls voting selfie contest to boost presidential election turnout

Worried about a lower turnout for Vladimir Putin's fourth election bid, the Kremlin has told regional authorities to award iPhones for best polling station selfies.<p>A presentation from the presidential administration, seen by RBC newspaper, calls on regions to hold “Election Photo” contests during …

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Russia to offer iPhones to voters for polling station selfies

Vladimir Putin wants his citizens to head to vote for him with love, or at least heart emojis.

Russia

Kremlin entices voters with iPhones for best polling station selfies

A leaked Kremlin document says creating a holiday-like atmosphere on election day in March could help boost voter turnout<p>The Kremlin is on a drive to ensure a high turnout in March presidential elections by offering iPhones and iPads for the best polling station selfies.<p>The unusual move is part of …

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Russia's discontent with Putin bubbles up

<b>(CNN) —</b> Though Vladimir Putin's presidential re-election in March will make international headlines, the greatest achievement of the election cycle will be the giant strides that Russian society has taken despite the government's attempts to squash any form of dissent.<p>With a number of new …

Opinion

Behind the Scenes of Russia's Imitated Democracy

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was recently excluded from running against Vladimir Putin in the presidential election scheduled this March in …

Russia

Now Shaking Up Russia: The Bernie Bro Taking on Putin on His Home Turf

The strategist for a socialite candidate running what’s seemed a quixotic campaign against Putin for the presidency already has handed the Kremlin …

Russia

Beaten Sobchak Volunteer Outed as Pro-Kremlin Nationalist

A volunteer that was beaten while canvassing for Ksenia Sobchak’s presidential campaign over the weekend has been identified as a one-time member of …

Russia

A Year in Review: Russia’s Passive Year Ends Without Closure

In practical terms, Russia has not yet begun 2018—the country awakes from its traditional holiday vacation only on Tuesday (January 9). That said, …

Russia

Russian Patriarch Kirill calls on Russians to vote in March election

MOSCOW (AFP) -<p>The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill on Sunday called on Russians to vote in upcoming presidential elections expected to extend President Vladimir Putin's rule.<p>"I call on all of you, including Orthodox believers, to take part in the upcoming presidential elections. …

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Russia's high court reaffirms Navalny ban from presidential race

The court affirmed the decision of Russia's Central Election Commission which barred Navalny from running. Navalny is vowing to continue his fight to …

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