In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t be Missed

Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.

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Biden Administration Announces First Sanctions on Russia in Navalny Case

The action came as the administration declassified an intelligence finding that the F.S.B., one of Russia’s leading intelligence agencies, was responsible for the poisoning of Aleksei A. Navalny.

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U.S. Accuses Russian Intelligence of Poisoning Navalny

The Biden administration announced its first sanctions against the Russian government for the attack and the imprisonment of Aleksei A. Navalny.

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Russian Police Arrest a Top Navalny Ally, Lyubov Sobol

The police detained Lyubov Sobol amid a crackdown on activists seeking to draw attention to the nerve-agent poisoning of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny.

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Navalny Says Russian Agent Confessed to Plot to Poison Him

Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, published a recording of a phone call in which he says he tricked a security official into exposing the plot.

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Putin Denies Involvement in Poisoning of Navalny

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia laughed off a question about the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny at a marathon news conference where he also defended his country’s coronavirus response.

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Russian Officers Were Near Navalny When He Was Poisoned, Report Says

The agents, from a unit with poisonous chemicals expertise, were tracked by their telephones, the Bellingcat investigative group said, the strongest evidence of Moscow’s involvement in the nerve agent attack.

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‘Perception Hacks’ and Other Potential Threats to the Election

In the final days of voting, election officials and cybersecurity experts are keeping a close eye on a range of possible ways foreign governments and other hackers could interfere.

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Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid

The hacking group, Energetic Bear, is among Russia’s stealthiest. It appears to be casting a wide net to find useful targets ahead of the election, experts said.

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Russia Poses Greater Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say

Russia’s hackers appeared to be preparing to sow chaos amid any uncertainty around election results, officials said.

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Russian Journalist Sets Herself on Fire and Dies, Blaming Government

The self-immolation by the journalist, Irina Slavina, 47, a longtime Kremlin critic, came a day after the authorities in her hometown of Nizhny Novgorod had searched her apartment.

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Chat Group Becomes Target of Moscow’s Wrath as Security Crackdown Widens

The group started out as an online discussion of hobbies, schoolwork and sometimes politics. But then it was infiltrated by an informer for Russia’s all-powerful security services.

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Former Marine Sentenced to 9 Years in Russia in Case Criticized as Political

Trevor R. Reed was charged with assaulting and endangering the lives of two police officers in a case that some have likened to that of another former U.S. Marine in Russia.

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