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 →

New Russian law means 15 years in prison or military conscription that sends anti-war Russians to Ukraine with orders to shoot civilians The New York Times published on Monday an article describing how thousands of middle-class Russians have fled the country for neighboring Armenia and (Republic of) Georgia since theRead More →

A former aide to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has slammed Russian authorities’ use of the extremism law to suppress peaceful political opposition as she appeals her pre-trial restrictions in court siberian monday. Ksenia Fadeyeva, who was elected to the Tomsk city council in 2020, faces up to 12 yearsRead 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 →

A secret European intelligence report has concluded that the Chechen security services were most likely behind the 2020 attempted murder in Sweden of a dissident Chechen blogger. Tumso Abdurakhmanov, an exiled critic of Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov, barely survived a hammerhead attack last year in a bizarre assassination attempt thatRead More →