Russian investigators on Wednesday opened criminal proceedings against a blogger for spreading what they said was “knowingly false information” about the war in Ukraine, during the first application of a new law that carries a penalty of up to up to 15 years in prison. The Investigative Committee said theRead More →

Russian police have taken three former regional coordinators of Aleksei Navalny’s campaign team for questioning amid continued pressure against associates of the jailed opposition leader. The home of Zakhar Sarapulov, who headed the Irkutsk headquarters of Navalny’s network of regional campaign groups, was raided in the early morning of DecemberRead More →

Shortly before leaving Russia in a hurry for Georgia, Sergei Samborsky visited the office of the Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatyana Moskalkova. Tomsk resident Samborsky made headlines last month after posting a shocking video of appalling conditions inside the “red zone” of the Siberian city’s largest COVID-19 hospital. InRead More →

TOMSK, Russia — When Sergei Samborsky learned from a patient at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in this Siberian city that his 84-year-old grandmother, an Alzheimer’s patient being treated in the isolation ward for COVID-19, was not fed or cared for properly, he became desperate. He begged hospital workers to letRead More →